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Alienating Labour

Workers on the Road from Socialism to Capitalism in East Germany and Hungary
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ISBN-13:
9781782380269
Einband:
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Seiten:
372
Autor:
Eszter Bartha
Serie:
22, International Studies in Social History
eBook Typ:
PDF
eBook Format:
Web PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The Communist Party dictatorships in Hungary and East Germany sought to win over the “masses” with promises of providing for ever-increasing levels of consumption. This policy—successful at the outset—in the long-term proved to be detrimental for the regimes because it shifted working class political consciousness to the right while it effectively excluded leftist alternatives from the public sphere. This book argues that this policy can provide the key to understanding of the collapse of the regimes. It examines the case studies of two large factories, Carl Zeiss Jena (East Germany) and Rába in Győr (Hungary), and demonstrates how the study of the formation of the relationship between the workers’ state and the industrial working class can offer illuminating insights into the important issue of the legitimacy (and its eventual loss) of Communist regimes.

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of abbreviations
Acknowledgements

Introduction: Welfare dictatorships, the working class and socialist ideology: A theoretical and methodological outline


Chapter 1. 1968 and the Working Class
Chapter 2. Workers in the Welfare Dictatorships
Chapter 3. Workers and the Party
Chapter 4. Contrasting the Memory of the Kádár and Honecker Regimes


Conclusion: Squaring the Circle? The End of the Welfare Dictatorships in the GDR and Hungary


Appendix: Tables 


References