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Only Mitter and Wolle's 1993 study, )] TJ ET BT 431.816 259.067 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Untergang auf Raten)] TJ ET BT 533.144 259.067 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(, has )] TJ ET BT 34.016 244.811 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(made popular opinion a focus to the same extent. Yet Allinson comes to radically different conclusions )] TJ ET BT 34.016 230.555 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(through a more judicious reading of party and state public opinion reports, choosing to explore the reasons )] TJ ET BT 34.016 216.299 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(behind pro-regime statements rather than dismiss them out of hand. Rather than Mitter and Woller's terminal )] TJ ET BT 34.016 202.043 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(decline, we are presented here with 'stable instability' \(p. 164\), a repressive and economically deprived, but )] TJ ET BT 34.016 187.787 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(viable polity in the medium term. His picture is more complex and contradictory, but all the more )] TJ ET BT 34.016 173.531 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(convincing for it. The author is indeed at pains to break away from Cold War stereotypes, stressing his )] TJ ET BT 34.016 159.275 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(outsider credentials, and claiming, controversially, that the GDR 'had as much \(or as little\) right to exist as )] TJ ET BT 34.016 145.019 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the FRG' \(p. 8\). It will be interesting to see how the book is received in certain quarters of the German )] TJ ET BT 34.016 130.763 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(academic community, which will no doubt see it as dangerously apologetic. Much recent Anglo-American )] TJ ET BT 34.016 116.507 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(work, however, is reaching similar conclusions, that there was an everyday normality to East German lives )] TJ ET BT 34.016 102.251 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(which is obscured by high-level, )] TJ ET BT 193.328 102.251 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Politbro)] TJ ET BT 239.336 102.251 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(-driven accounts.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 75.995 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The price of such detail is, however, geographic localisation: despite the title, this is a case-study of Erfurt in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 61.739 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Thuringia, selected as a microcosm for its mix of industry and agriculture, but also for its border to West )] TJ ET BT 34.016 584.699 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Review Number:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 570.443 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(159)] TJ ET BT 34.016 556.187 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Publish date:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 541.931 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Wednesday, 1 November, 2000)] TJ ET BT 34.016 527.675 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Author:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 513.419 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Mark Allinson)] TJ ET BT 34.016 499.163 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(ISBN:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 484.907 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(978071905547X)] TJ ET BT 34.016 470.651 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Date of Publication:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 456.395 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(2000)] TJ ET BT 34.016 442.139 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Price:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 427.883 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(45.00)] TJ ET BT 34.016 413.627 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Pages:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 399.371 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(191pp.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 385.115 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Publisher:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 370.859 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Manchester University Press)] TJ ET BT 34.016 356.603 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Place of Publication:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 342.347 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Manchester)] TJ ET BT 34.016 328.091 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Reviewer:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 313.835 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Patrick Major)] TJ ET endstream endobj 8 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F1 /BaseFont /Times-Roman /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 9 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F2 /BaseFont /Times-Italic /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 10 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F3 /BaseFont /Times-Bold /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 11 0 obj << /Type /XObject /Subtype /Image /Width 509 /Height 160 /Filter /FlateDecode /DecodeParms << /Predictor 15 /Colors 3 /Columns 509 /BitsPerComponent 8>> /Mask [ 255 255 255 255 255 255 ] /ColorSpace /DeviceRGB /BitsPerComponent 8 /Length 3280>> stream x[EQ㎦fVttҒ +3O{?lGDQԯDrB^.ϯ%~'0۠/2>0AG_>0j0GCfE67>rB^}@  !&y+r?INp:erc b8f=rQC!~-Wf^^zF[)G 2ޯe7V_Go3Ke GEGOo8rώ#\1ZY~N6^H}yLxS-!:412V+u\-LSO?xVvZ|GjǮT_8EYJF=Tw^ 7GxfN/S:Ʌ~ʟtt?5n÷J'JcF-GVξx{rO~tJd;#a\7}|~y'>}c2C vR}f׈**h.)_&@pfzjsx:5;S\vKhM5j=!Cn+h"u]a EUN]jn=k<,:Ք>sU!ni~6EJ)¦72?G}[y}_vc$t?iSܟ2Zݞ,VN?_`='RFK1A2qv&X_lLRWY'%:I㢖zb_UEx\>&ɆBˏ~K@ \gYØU4}$8Dv!'Q'*+Εj(UCGo[#< 2Ja(sZi9fZKE Rn`u\9r^Zmɯ׹}mstO4uc~#'jEvۼ Dx[z ޏQ4KL5,5u3>i^uÒ-53ba ~,~/pyt1fMU'CVm:qv~=Y'Es"WsφG?l_kN5}],Ow7 uh`xƫ?zMl7ٻv$A(4Dl(wwH} ?=[=S;yC]^BK>㕪9`Z'Wj;E|:bf>kCԘ#RY,iv쵗~}n'"1u" *uO΄/2^Sxr(!/DD\~mJyZ!MmrA!#u[if|99WB WΡpp}w}sh#,\ &:%˳X?D3 %W0cC?o̲^} F3XLVn]Cߖiϧ!7}yZJ#P7]=)7Ρp;>> Ye^xx{Oafw{ ;>4gfLt ʊ:q%#r/)pv!O4wGh|dS ӣݽހ-gVUC'pBxrB^} 7JA^} /'8!`:r?}}],X  }6y!`/~Br?}Q< >k7vx"] ,' .3jn{-i}|~%-};b6#U)7繎kiEw 㤳:E}[޼c"rꬊ7Dc$~"/Y&zSd:tFȌCrʙ`7u .#[-<)j ?TGS(j~oTup(hjU4PlJ=}|it.ҽ@\wʨuXÞZcx18Wo<~ikOg,ވ\^?EneyZcc0[R١z|zv7_m:_n]a?osS3~j^ hD.a_X'KfBX6w wݶ"Oa:,bvhrWH[uCF-Xfc}>x+Rz)2N-B 7y^٨;[/vg? | |2Sve}=o䑰j[vWjF0{굦?VI~}xM(_TlG__+]:#к?S} c>GŸD7 !w{S{B =x7a?oE#)+Gz:o_4Q<;n?\tt7?mGCџQGu4kņOF>F?#} hP&ђߴM#u!.СtL2^#o nIk_i.~7tr@n 1P~3?.[]=S5b߮~Yo^HFH YBi8a4iom>CKgMy*;?zqEӕ` >zB9iFzC?XF?ޟIܰ펉A}{I5ᄊx%ez#Mp@rߎpi]IOVjzuJt\۰f׺u5><,J~PTJp1)}){9N {!`/> endstream endobj 12 0 obj << /Type /Annot /Subtype /Link /A 13 0 R /Border [0 0 0] /H /I /Rect [ 197.0117 675.3895 357.3317 687.2695 ] >> endobj 13 0 obj << /Type /Action /S /URI /URI (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews) >> endobj 14 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 15 0 R >> endobj 15 0 obj << /Length 5687 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 796.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Germany and the Catholic enclave of the Eichsfeld in an otherwise Protestant heartland. The avalanche of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 782.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(small place-names can be somewhat disorientating, but there are helpful maps at the front. The opening )] TJ ET BT 34.016 767.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(chapter deals specifically with local politics. There was little local evidence of concerted resistance to the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 753.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(KPD-SPD merger to form the Socialist Unity Party \(SED\) in Thuringia in 1946, perhaps fostered by pre-war )] TJ ET BT 34.016 739.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(workers' traditions of co-operation and the prominence of former Buchenwald inmates in the reconstruction. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 725.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Considerable space is devoted to the creation of the bloc system at both regional and district level, as )] TJ ET BT 34.016 710.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Christian and Liberal Democrats, followed by National Democrats and farmers' representatives, were )] TJ ET BT 34.016 696.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(incorporated into a common front. Allinson argues that this process neutralised rather than converted a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 682.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(potential opposition \(p. 24\), since there was still considerable Communist intimidation of individual leaders )] TJ ET BT 34.016 668.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(in the early years, including the \(nonfatal\) defenestration of one local Eichsfeld politician! There was also )] TJ ET BT 34.016 653.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(persistent non-communist resistance, generating a certain pragmatism in the SED. Sensitive issues were )] TJ ET BT 34.016 639.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(simply kept off the agenda of the regional bloc committee and throughout the 1950s local committees were )] TJ ET BT 34.016 625.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(not pliant extensions of SED will, with Christian Democrats prepared to stick their necks out over church )] TJ ET BT 34.016 611.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(policy, often to the consternation of their own leadership.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 584.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(For the non-affiliated majority, in the following chapter, Allinson reaches the familiar conclusion that the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 570.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(existential crisis of the late 1940s precluded much active interest in politics. For instance, the founding of the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 556.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(GDR in October 1949 was overshadowed by a potato shortage, and as one local official recognised: )] TJ ET BT 34.016 542.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [('Political clarity among the masses is extremely bad, the "stomach question" controls everything' \(p. 52\). )] TJ ET BT 34.016 527.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Nevertheless, the reasons for shortages were often construed to the detriment of the SED and the Soviets. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 513.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Similarly, the general public appeared more impressed by the price of jam and public transport in the wake )] TJ ET BT 34.016 499.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of the June 1953 crisis, than in political reforms. Only a small minority of the Erfurt population actively )] TJ ET BT 34.016 485.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(demonstrated on 17 June: seven factories went on strike and the security forces were generally effective at )] TJ ET BT 34.016 470.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(quelling disturbances. Indeed, Allinson concludes that the SED's weathering of the crisis was a sign of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 456.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(underlying strength \(p. 61\). Some of the more intriguing conclusions reached-and ones which I share from )] TJ ET BT 34.016 442.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(my own research-are the witting or unwitting complicity of a war-weary population in seeking stability at )] TJ ET BT 34.016 428.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(times of crisis. Ordinary East Germans, especially older citizens, learned to 'behave' during 1956, 1961 and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 413.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(1968, not so much out of sympathy for Communism, but out of fear of a new world war. The SED also )] TJ ET BT 34.016 399.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(learned to play on such fears and present itself as the guarantor of order.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 373.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The group least susceptible to this caution was the younger generation. Chapter four includes a discussion of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 359.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(youth responses to recruitment into the armed forces, which were often hostile, and the stilted attempts at )] TJ ET BT 34.016 344.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(destalinisation in the provinces, where local functionaries buried themselves in organisational rather than )] TJ ET BT 34.016 330.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(ideological reforms. The Polish and Hungarian upheavals in the autumn of 1956 did cause disorientation )] TJ ET BT 34.016 316.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(within the local party hierarchy, as well as some passive resistance from farmers, always viewed as one of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 302.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the more 'difficult' elements of the populace to handle. Farmers again engaged in foot-dragging tactics at the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 287.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(culmination of collectivisation in 1960-Allinson's account highlights how hard it was at local level for the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 273.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(regime to coerce recalcitrant farmers, especially when local officials were concerned not to alienate local )] TJ ET BT 34.016 259.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(communities. The Thuringian countryside, as elsewhere, had been heavily Nazified. Collectivisation was )] TJ ET BT 34.016 244.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(thus an administrative, but not a political success.)] TJ ET endstream endobj 16 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 17 0 R >> endobj 17 0 obj << /Length 7543 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 784.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Given the importance of the Catholic community in the Eichsfeld, but of religion generally in the 1950s, a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 770.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(chapter is devoted to church-state relations at episcopal and parish level. Occasionally the rivalry could )] TJ ET BT 34.016 755.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(reach farcical levels, as when the Eisenach municipal administration used its public address system to try to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 741.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(drown out the church choir \(p. 89\). The Catholic Church generally showed itself more compliant than the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 727.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Protestants, perhaps because of its minority position. It was also skilled at extracting concessions from the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 713.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(authorities for public shows of support, such as voting. At the grass roots, local clergy and the state youth )] TJ ET BT 34.016 698.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(organisation, the FDJ, had to compete for the same clientle by offering superior sporting or entertainment )] TJ ET BT 34.016 684.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(facilities. Allinson also innovatively shows how the SED allowed the churches to take most of the initiatives )] TJ ET BT 34.016 670.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(in church-state disputes. In the 1950s priests were still prepared to exclude transgressors from church rites )] TJ ET BT 34.016 656.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(for participating in state ceremonies such as the )] TJ ET BT 265.304 656.165 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Jugendweihe)] TJ ET BT 327.956 656.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(; the SED could then paint such behaviour as )] TJ ET BT 34.016 641.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(intolerant and 'totalitarian', while gradually eroding confessional affiliation by keeping a firm hold of the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 627.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(career ladder.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 601.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(One key finding, surprising to some, but which I find hard to disagree with, is the relative unimportance in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 587.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(1961 of the building of the Berlin Wall for the Erfurt population, who lived some distance from the divided )] TJ ET BT 34.016 572.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(city. Initially, citizens were not aware of the true scale of the measures, thinking they were merely temporary )] TJ ET BT 34.016 558.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(travel restrictions, but even the shock of full realisation quickly receded, according to Allinson \(although, as )] TJ ET BT 34.016 544.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(he later points out, travel restrictions were still a cause for complaint at the end of the decade\). The party )] TJ ET BT 34.016 530.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(apparatus, despite poor morale on the eve of the Wall, rallied round, and the SED took the opportunity to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 515.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(purge itself of waverers, including 24 mayors and 38 National Front officials. Although few were in favour )] TJ ET BT 34.016 501.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of the border closures, life soon settled back into a familiar routine. This is a repeated theme: that a basic )] TJ ET BT 34.016 487.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(pattern of public compliance and private dissent had been reached by the early 1950s and continued )] TJ ET BT 34.016 473.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(throughout. The building of the Wall was just one more milestone in this process. Despite eruptions later in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 458.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the 1960s, such as the condemnation by many younger citizens of GDR support for the Soviet intervention )] TJ ET BT 34.016 444.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(against the Prague Spring in 1968, the SED was successfully able to flood the public space and effectively )] TJ ET BT 34.016 430.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(choke off any genuine debate. By the time of the new socialist constitution of 1968, the populace had )] TJ ET BT 34.016 416.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(grudgingly come to accept the status quo and went through the motions of public debate, although the party )] TJ ET BT 34.016 401.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(had given up on the mass mobilisations it had craved in the 1940s.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 375.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The very nuanced nature of the findings makes this a difficult book from which to draw many cut-and-dried )] TJ ET BT 34.016 361.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(conclusions from the evidence itself. One local finding is immediately contradicted by another view )] TJ ET BT 34.016 347.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(expressed in the neighbouring village; one factory goes on strike, another remains quiet. This variety is, of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 332.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(course, in the nature of the evidence itself, and Allinson glosses individual utterances with perspicacity and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 318.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(occasional flashes of understated humour. There were some interesting passing insights into the way that, for )] TJ ET BT 34.016 304.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(instance, children could reflect parental views expressed behind closed doors \(p. 76\). Yet, the mechanisms of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 290.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the dissemination of popular opinion in a restricted society are never systematically addressed. Some of the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 275.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(blind-spots of reporting were inherent in the SED's world view, but it would have been helpful to have had )] TJ ET BT 34.016 261.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(some discussion of how the party's information network operated: who compiled the reports and for what )] TJ ET BT 34.016 247.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(purpose; whether critics ever got into trouble for voicing negative views; what the difference was between )] TJ ET BT 34.016 232.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the artificial 'people's will' touted in the press and 'popular opinion', a term coined by Kershaw for the Third )] TJ ET BT 34.016 218.741 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Reich. Although using an impressive array of non-SED reports, from the other bloc parties and Volkspolizei, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 204.485 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Allinson chose not to use the Stasi's reports, but the reasons for this omission remain unclear \(pp. 9-10\). And )] TJ ET BT 34.016 190.229 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(while obliquely using some of the findings of the Central Committee's Institute of Demoscopy, set up in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 175.973 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(1964, there might have been some explicit discussion of public opinion gathering-a tool for capitalist )] TJ ET BT 34.016 161.717 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(hegemony in the eyes of many SED hard-liners-in a Communist society. Similarly, the Ideological )] TJ ET BT 34.016 147.461 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Commissions of the local parties did prepare so-called 'consciousness analyses' of the population in the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 133.205 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(1960s where one can gain a slightly more integrated picture of the SED's view of social progress among the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 118.949 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(populace.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 92.693 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Allinson's message that opinion remained remarkably consistent over these two decades is delivered by dint )] TJ ET BT 34.016 78.437 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(of repetition in an essentially chronological approach. There is one thematic chapter, on religious disputes, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 64.181 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(which works very well, and one wonders, given the sociological outline in the introduction, whether it might )] TJ ET BT 34.016 49.925 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(have been analytically more helpful to have worked around social groups, such as workers, farmers and )] TJ ET endstream endobj 18 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Annots [ 20 0 R ] /Contents 19 0 R >> endobj 19 0 obj << /Length 4589 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 796.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(youth. Despite the author's claim that popular consciousness is not primarily determined by high politics )] TJ ET BT 34.016 782.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(and there is much in this view\), the structure of the book still takes its cue from events such as the 1953 )] TJ ET BT 34.016 767.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(uprising, 1956 in Hungary, the Berlin Wall in 1961, and the Prague Spring of 1968. This is, of course, a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 753.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(reflection of the SED's own reporting priorities and is only avoidable, perhaps, through oral history. Since )] TJ ET BT 34.016 739.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the author had engaged 'in conversation with a large number of Thuringians' \(p. 10\), it seemed a pity that this )] TJ ET BT 34.016 725.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(source had not been tapped more systematically. For the social historian, therefore, Allinson may not appear )] TJ ET BT 34.016 710.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(to have gone far enough; but for political historians-and for undergraduate students trained in the high )] TJ ET BT 34.016 696.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(politics of the Cold War-he provides enough reassuring landmarks, while still taking the reader into much )] TJ ET BT 34.016 682.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(unfamiliar territory.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 656.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Allinson concludes that the GDR was 'quite a normal country': 'As the Cold War division of Europe )] TJ ET BT 34.016 641.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(persisted, so Thuringians grew as accustomed to their lot as Bavarians, South Tyroleans or Britons, and led )] TJ ET BT 34.016 627.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(their lives within this new, post-war framework' \(p. 159\). This may be true insofar as citizens devoted their )] TJ ET BT 34.016 613.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(time to the mundanity of eking out an existence. Yet much of this everyday reality was rather 'abnormal' by )] TJ ET BT 34.016 599.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(western standards, as surely even Allinson's account attests? The obsession with food even into the 1960s )] TJ ET BT 34.016 584.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(did not occur in West Germany or Britain. As the recent petrol crisis in Britain suggests, capitalist societies )] TJ ET BT 34.016 570.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(soon become dependent on abundance. The comparison with the post-war West works perhaps for 1948, but )] TJ ET BT 34.016 556.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(surely not for 1968? He is perhaps on firmer ground in trying to explain the tolerance of the Erfurt )] TJ ET BT 34.016 542.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(population to change by reference to their immediate past, although he does ascribe this to the very high )] TJ ET BT 34.016 527.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(politics which he dismisses for the post-war world \(for instance, the deposal of the Thuringian workers' )] TJ ET BT 34.016 513.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(government in 1923 is suggested as having sown the seeds of popular apathy, followed by presidential rule )] TJ ET BT 34.016 499.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and National Socialist centralisation\). Perhaps the reasons are to be sought in more sociological notions of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 485.093 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Herrschaft)] TJ ET BT 86.012 485.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(, as praxis acted out in the local community? 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