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Political Epistemics: The Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of East German Socialism

Andreas Glaeser


What does the durability of political institutions have to do with how actors form knowledge about them? This book investigates this question in the context of a fascinating historical case: socialist East Germany's unexpected self-dissolution in 1989. The analysis builds on extensive in-depth interviews with former secret police officers and the dissidents they tried to control as well as research into the documents both groups produced. In particular, the book analyzes how these two opposing factions' understanding of the socialist project came to change in response to countless everyday exp ... More

Keywords: political institutions, East Germany, self-dissolution, secret police, dissidents, socialism, mass communication, group formation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226297934
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226297958.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Glaeser, author