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Published: 01 April 2011

336 Pages | 12 black and white illustrations, numerous maps

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199605101

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Behind the Berlin Wall

East Germany and the Frontiers of Power

Patrick Major

  • Covers the entire history of the GDR and beyond, from 1945 to the present day
  • Provocatively argues that Beatlemania and not Kennedy, ordinary letter-writers and not dissident elites, finally undermined the Wall through people power
  • Adopts an innovative cultural approach - draws on music, film, and East German spy thrillers
  • Covers the symbol of the Cold War, as seen 'from below'