© 1995

East German Dissidents and the Revolution of 1989

Social Movement in a Leninist Regime


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Christian Joppke
    Pages 1-29
  3. Christian Joppke
    Pages 30-70
  4. Christian Joppke
    Pages 71-99
  5. Christian Joppke
    Pages 100-132
  6. Christian Joppke
    Pages 133-182
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 216-277

About this book


In contrast to the dissident movements of Eastern Europe, the East German movement remained committed to the 'revisionist' reform of the communist regime. This book tries to explain why. It is argued that the peculiarities of German history and culture prevented the possibility of a 'national' opposition to communism. As a result, East German dissidents had to remain in a paradoxical way 'loyal' to the old regime.


communism Europe history peace revolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political and Social SciencesEuropean University InstituteItaly

About the authors

CHRISTIAN JOPPKE is currently Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, where he will continue as Associate Professor in Sociology, and during 1993-94, Research Associate at the Centre for German and European Studies , Georgetown University. He is the author of the mobilizing against Nuclear Energy: a Comparison of Germany and the United States

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