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KEYWORDS

GDR
History
Economy
Society
Construction
Sozialism
Soviet Occupation Zone
East Germany
Introduction

RISEN FROM THE RUINS

Introduction to the history and economy of the GDR

The first issue of “Studies on the DDR” follows the foun­da­tion of the GDR after World War II and traces its deve­lo­p­ment from an anti-fascist demo­cra­tic state to a socia­list one. Central to this process is the econo­mic star­ting point, which was a parti­cu­larly diffi­cult one after the war due to the repa­ra­ti­ons payments, and which deter­mi­ned econo­mic life.
The text focu­ses on the econo­mic effi­ci­ency of the GDR, its achie­ve­ments and its contra­dic­tions. In addi­tion, it provi­des infor­ma­tion on central charac­te­ris­tics of socia­list society and labor: inter­na­tio­nal soli­da­rity, collec­tive orga­niz­a­tion in state-owned enter­pri­ses, plan­ned economy. In the following issues, the “Studies” will be devo­ted to these and other topics in grea­ter depth.