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Youth Politics in East Germany: The Free German Youth Movement 1946-1968

Alan McDougall


In communist East Germany, young people constituted the social group for whom the ruling authorities had the highest hopes — and in whom they were most frequently and bitterly disappointed. In this book, the author has undertaken a study of the East German communist youth organization, the Free German Youth (FDJ), and the young people that it tried, often in vain, to enthuse and control. Utilizing a wide range of primary sources, the author focuses upon East German youth during five ‘crisis points’ in the GDR's early history, beginning with the June 1953 uprising and concluding with the impact ... More

Keywords: communist youth organization, Free German Youth, East German youth, June 1953 uprising, Czechoslovakian Prague Spring, Western youth culture, Iron Curtain, coercion and consent, youth dissent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199276271
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276271.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan McDougall, author
Assistant Professor in Modern European History and European Studies, University of Guelph
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