Introduction. I. THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE EAST GERMAN SECURITY SERVICE, 1945-71. 1.From Weimar Republic to GDR. 2.The Ministry of State Security, 1950-71. II. THE SWORD AND THE COMPASS. 3. The party and its Sword. 4. The Security Colossus. 5.Political Justice in Dictatorship. III. THE FIRM AND ITS SERVANTS. 6. Serving the Cause - the Officer Class. 7. Mielke's Unofficial Collaborators. IV. HUNTING FOR THE ENEMY. 8.Monitor and firefighter.
Mike Dennis is a Professor of History and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.
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