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Honecker’s Children: Youth and Patriotism in East(ern) Germany, 1979–2002

Anna Saunders

Abstract

During the final decade of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), young citizens found themselves at the heart of a rigorous programme of socialist patriotic education, yet following the fall of the Berlin Wall, the emphasis of official state rhetoric, textbooks and youth activities changed beyond recognition. For the young generation growing up during this period, ‘normality’ was turned on its head, leaving a sense of insecurity and inner turmoil. Using a combination of archival research, interviews, educational materials and government reports, this book examines the relationship between youn ... More

Keywords: German Democratic Republic, socialist patriotic education, Berlin Wall, GDR, socialisation, unified Germany, post-unification loyalties, ideological propaganda, collective loyalties, state rhetoric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719074110
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074110.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Saunders, author