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After the Fall of the WallLife Courses in the Transformation of East Germany$
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Martin Diewald, Anne Goedicke, and Karl Ulrich Mayer

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752084

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752084.001.0001

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After the Fall of the Wall: Living Through the Post-Socialist Transformation in East Germany

After the Fall of the Wall: Living Through the Post-Socialist Transformation in East Germany

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(p.1) Chapter One After the Fall of the Wall: Living Through the Post-Socialist Transformation in East Germany
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After the Fall of the Wall
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Karl Ulrich Mayer

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804752084.003.0001

This chapter introduces the main topics of the book by providing background about the post-socialist transformation in East Germany. The fall of the Wall in Germany in 1989 signifies in many respects an exceptional case of an abrupt social change, a transformation of the society of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) that this discussion examines through a particular lens, namely by tracing the life trajectories of East German women and men. It also describes the book's focus on the life course, aiming to use the case of East Germany to unravel the complex linkages between the macro worlds of structural and institutional change and the micro worlds of individual life histories.

Keywords:   Berlin Wall, 1989 Germany, social change, German Democratic Republic, East Germany, life course

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