The Russians in Germany: A History of the Soviet Zone of Occupation, 1945-49

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In 1945, when the Red Army marched in, eastern Germany was not occupied but liberated. This, until the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, is what passed for history in the German Democratic Republic. Now, making use of newly opened archives in Russia and Germany, Norman Naimark reveals what happened during the Soviet occupation of eastern Germany. Adopting a comparative approach to the Soviet military government in Germany, this book hypothesizes the missing link in the history of modern Europe.

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Naimark has produced a brilliant history of the first four years of what was to become the German Democratic Republic...Highly recommended.

ÝA¨ masterly analysis of the Soviet occupation between the end of the war and the emergence of two German states...ÝA¨ startlingly original book. -- Daniel Johnson "New York Times Book Review"

Naimark's work is an important study of nation-building in the Eastern bloc and will also be of interest to students of German politics, history, and reunification...This is likely to be the standard text on the early years of GDR.

ÝA¨ remarkable historical treatment...ÝThis¨ is a quite splendid work of erudition, style and humanity, which replaces all earlier writing in English on the subject...Using primarily the German and the Russian sources, Naimark sets new levels of archival research and raises many issues for historians to debate in years to come...It is unlikely...that his overall study of these few crucial years will be superseded for a good while to come. In particular, he has set the scene for a fuller understanding of the regime and society which followed the occupation. -- Jonathan Osmond "Times Higher Education Supplement"

ÝNorman Naimark¨ has produced a richly textured and important story, delving into subjects usually ignored in the longer narratives of postwar eastern Germany, including the sensitive issue of Red Army rape during the period of conquest and early occupation, the seizure of scientific materials and talent, and the organization of popular culture. From my perspective, Naimark's perspective and conclusions are both sensitive and sensible...This book represents one of the first important results of multiarchival work that draws on records so unattainable until recently but so critical to historical reconstruction. The Soviet archives will never finally resolve issues of historical intention and responsibility, any more than American archives, but they are the basis for informed inference and argumentation. Naimark uses them precisely in that scholarly spirit. "The Russians in Germany" will remain one of the exemplary contributions to the unfolding post-1989 historiography of Europe under communism. -- Charles S. Maier "Journal of Modern History"

potential for revolutionizing Cold War history.

gives us a complete picture of what has been called Stalin's "march to the west."

particular, he has set the scene for a fuller understanding of the regime and society which followed the occupation.

Germany" will remain one of the exemplary contributions to the unfolding post-1989 historiography of Europe under communism.

An outstanding analysis of the ruthless Stalinization of East Germany in the early postwar years, and of its economic and scientific exploitation. Using newly released East German and Soviet archives, [Naimark] gives us a complete picture of what has been called Stalin's "march to the west."--Amos Perlmutter "Wall Street Journal "

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In 1945, when the Red Army marched in, eastern Germany was not "occupied" but "liberated". This, until the recent collapse of the Soviet Bloc, is what passed for history in the German Democratic Republic. Now, making use of newly opened archives in Russia and Germany, Norman Naimark reveals what happened during the Soviet occupation of eastern Germany from 1945 through 1949. His book offers a comprehensive look at Soviet policies in the occupied zone and their practical consequences for Germans and Russians alike - and, ultimately, for postwar Europe. In rich and lucid detail, Naimark captures the mood and the daily reality of the occupation, the chaos and contradictions of a period marked by rape and repression, the plundering of factories, the exploitation of German science, and the rise of the East German police state.

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