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Dictatorship, State Planning, and Social Theory in the German Democratic Republic

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521030076

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  • This book examines how communist East Germany functioned according to the views of its leading experts in law, economics, philosophy, and cybernetics. The state-socialist countries aimed for post-capitalist modernization, which they hoped to achieve through dictatorship. The lessons of this failed combination of dictatorship and social transformation remain relevant today. Going beyond the research of many works on the social theory of modernization, this book reveals how East German theorists prevailed under Stalinism.

    • By explaining central economic planning, answers, critically and judiciously, what the architects of state socialism were thinking
    • Jargon-free account that renders difficult material comprehensible to the non-specialist reader
    • Places the GDR in a larger context of continuing relevance, that of current social theory and planned or coerced economic development
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    "A marvelous piece of work: well-written, thoughtful, and challenging." H-GERMAN

    "This book is a splendidly thought-provoking and elegantly executed tour de force. This immensely stimulating and brilliantly argued book is indispensable reading for all students of East German history/politics and Marxist-Leninist state socialism generally." Central European History

    "fine book" - Gary Bruce, University of Waterloo

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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521030076
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: modernization, modernity and the plan
    1. The economics of state socialism: productivity and the law of value
    2. The legal theory of state socialism: socialist legality, the laws of historical development and the plan
    3. Philosophy and state socialism: consciousness, dialectical materialism and hope
    4. From planning metaphysics to cybernetics: planning, technique and politics after revisionism
    Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Peter C. Caldwell, Rice University, Houston

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