© 1999

The Break-up of Communism in East Germany and Eastern Europe


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Feiwel Kupferberg
    Pages 1-17
  3. Feiwel Kupferberg
    Pages 18-39
  4. Feiwel Kupferberg
    Pages 40-48
  5. Feiwel Kupferberg
    Pages 49-68
  6. Feiwel Kupferberg
    Pages 69-97
  7. Feiwel Kupferberg
    Pages 98-117
  8. Feiwel Kupferberg
    Pages 118-128
  9. Feiwel Kupferberg
    Pages 149-169
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 187-204

About this book


This book presents a novel understanding of the break-up of communist hegemony in East Germany and Eastern Europe. Based on comparative case studies, it argues that identity politics is a particular invention of communist rule, producing a political citizen. Focusing upon identity politics helps us better to understand the longterm stability of communist hegemony, its sudden collapse, the difficulties of transforming communist societies to liberal democracies and the unexpected revival of ethnic, nationalist and cultural conflicts in post-communist Eastern Europe.


communism Europe Germany hegemony politics revolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityDenmark

About the authors

FEIWEL KUPFERBERG is Associate Professor of Sociology at Aalborg University. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, guest Lecturer at Moscow University, Visiting Scholar at the Berlin Institute of Social Studies, and Visiting Scholar at Max Planck Institute of Human Development, Berlin. He is the author of The Paternalistic Spirit, and Creative Chaos in Project Work.

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