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The Currency of Socialism
Money and Political Culture in East Germany

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  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521743600

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  • There is perhaps nothing so commonplace and yet so mystifying as money. But to European communists, money was clearly an instrument of economic exploitation and spiritual alienation. In this groundbreaking study, Jonathan R. Zatlin explores the East German attempt to create a perfect society by eliminating money and explains the reasons for its failure. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including unpublished communist reports, secret police files, literature, jokes, letters written by ordinary people, and conversations with key German politicians, this book shows how the communist regime undermined the political authority of socialism and created the material conditions for its demise. By exploring both the economic and the cultural function of money, Zatlin challenges traditional approaches to economic planning by offering a novel explanation for the collapse of communism in East Germany and a highly original interpretation of German unification. Written in an engaging and lucid style, The Currency of Socialism brings to life the scurrilous competition for power among communist officials and the everyday burdens experienced by ordinary East Germans.

    • Presents a new interpretation of German unification
    • Offers an alternative interpretation of communism's collapse
    • Gives an account of everyday life under communism
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    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521743600
    • length: 398 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 155 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Production:
    1. Making and unmaking money: monetary theory and economic planning in East Germany
    2. Accounting and accountability: financing the planned economy under Honecker, 1971–80
    3. Parsimony and the prince: crisis and stability, 1980–5
    4. The currency of decline: the disintegration of the East German economy
    Part II. Consumption:
    5. The vehicle of desire: the Trabant, the Wartburg, and the discipline of demand
    6. Consuming ideology: the intershops, Genex, and retail trade under Honecker
    7. Appealing to authority: the citizens' petition and the rhetoric of decline.

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    Jonathan R. Zatlin, Boston University
    Jonathan R. Zatlin is Assistant Professor of History at Boston University. He previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley. He has published articles in German History, German Politics and Society, Theory and Society, Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, and H-German, among other journals. Zatlin was a co-winner of the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize awarded by the Friends of the German Historical Institute in 2001.

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