Introduction: The two traditions Chapter 1: Eastern Germany at 'Zero Hour' Chapter 2: Antifascist committees and factory councils Chapter 3: The rebirth of the KPD and SPD Chapter 4: Denazification and Reconstruction Chapter 5: The Socialist Unity Party Chapter 6: Between popular politics and communist dictatorship Chapter 7: The stalinisation of the SED Chapter 8: Workers party versus Working Class Conclusion
Gareth Pritchard is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Wales, Swansea
"'Pritchard masterfully interweaves materials from professional journals, memoirs, interview protocols, diaries, Eastern and Western historical interpretations, as well as a wide range of state and party archives. The result is an impressive and important achievement that belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the foundation period of East European Communist regimes.' American Historical Review"