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Local Lives, Parallel Histories: Villagers and Everyday Life in the Divided Germany

Marcel Thomas


The division of Germany separated a nation, divided communities, and inevitably shaped the life histories of those growing up in the socialist dictatorship of the East and the liberal democracy of the West. This peculiarly German experience of the Cold War has so far mostly been seen through the lens of the divided Berlin or other border communities. What has been much less explored, however, is what division meant to the millions of Germans in East and West who lived far away from the Wall and the centres of political power. This book is the first comparative study to examine how villagers in ... More

Keywords: postwar Germany, East Germany, West Germany, divided Germany, rural life, village life, everyday life, social change, oral history, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198856146
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198856146.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marcel Thomas, author
Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Manchester