Journals Higher Education



Published: 22 November 2012

336 Pages | 42 black and white images


ISBN: 9780199668298

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Within Walls

Private Life in the German Democratic Republic

Paul Betts

  • Shows how the private sphere assumed central importance in the German Democratic Republic from the very outset
  • Challenges the common assumption that the GDR had a virtually non-existent private sphere
  • Charts the changing meaning of private life in the GDR across a variety of fields, ranging from law to photography, religion to interior decoration, family living to memoir literature
  • Reveals the myriad ways in which privacy was expressed, staged, and defended by citizens living in a communist society

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