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64th Anniversary of the DDR

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Post 07 Oct 2013, 11:14
Today highlights the 64th Anniversary of the founding of the German Democratic Republic and accordingly a great step forward in the economic and political practices and potentialities of socialism within Europe. Thank you comrade Adenauer for forcing Ulbricht's hand.
I would quite like to examine the creation myth of the state over the coming months or whenever I have time free and the inclination to do something on it.
Post 08 Oct 2013, 08:26
Have you read a book called Stalin's Unwanted Child, by Wilfried Loth? It's certainly an entertaining read although, as the review I link to shows, a bit dated by the discovery of Molotov's private papers in the Soviet Foreign Ministry shortly after its publication. The controversy over Stalin's intentions in this matter still continues.
Post 08 Oct 2013, 17:54
I have, and much of the rest of Loth's work, it gave me quite the headache this last year for my dissertaton. I tried to broach the topic in a chapter of it, I found it easier to talk out my argument from the side of Stalin and Beria. I did so as I found it amusing for my tutor to constantly tell me it was impossible to paint Beria as any kind of nobly intentioned man. The jury's out on that one, I didn't find much at all in Molotov's letters that show anything extraordinary, other than differing views within the Soviet Politburo. I side with Loth.
Recently, Vandenhoek and Ruprecht have released a book on Tyulpanov's report on the state and how the SMAD/SBZ's work should continue in the eventuality of the initial "Stalin Note" being ignored. I haven't gotten hold of it yet, but it should be interesting reading.

I could link a load of things, but they're in German and I would only bother translating them if the publishers gave me the go ahead and paid me.
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