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Table of Contents

Introduction: Privacy in an Enclosed State Section I: Secret Societies, Public Institutions, Private Lives 1: Tyranny of Intimacy: The Stasi and East German Society 2: East of Eden: Christian Subculture in State Socialism 3: Intimacy on Display: Getting Divorced in East Berlin Section II: Domestic Ideals, Social Rights, Lived Experiences 4: Building Socialism at Home: Remaking Interiors and Citizens 5: Property, Noise, and Honor: Neighborhood Justice in East Berlin 6: Socialism's Social Contract: Citizen Complaints 7: Picturing Privacy: Photography and Domesticity Epilogue: The House of Spirits: 1989, Civil Rights, and the Reclamation of Private Life Bibliography Index

About the Author

Paul Betts joined St Anthony's College Oxford as Professor of Modern European History in October 2012. Prior to this, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1996-1999, and at the University of Sussex, 2000-2012. He has published numerous works on post-war German history, including The Authority of Everyday Objects: A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design (2004), and was the joint editor of the journal German History from 2003-2009.


`Review from previous edition Within Walls is an outstanding and timely study...an eye-opening book that will be a necessary companion to any study concerned with the reality of socialist life in East Germany.' Ulrike Zitzlsperger, Times Higher Education `this is a work of the highest level, crucial to the field, and a model of scholarship to be followed by historians of the GDR, Germany, and beyond for years to come.' Eli Rubin, Central European History `... a great contribution to our knowledge of private life in the GDR. Yet for a historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Germany his contribution and especially his methodological approach are even more stimulating ... it will set higher standards for any work on the history of everyday life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.' Heikki Lempa, German History `highly illuminating' Dorothee Wierling, German Historical Institute London Bulletin `Betts provides not just a thought-provoking account of the nature of GDR society through the interaction between socialism and the private sphere; he also helps us understand better the nature of the GDRs collapse, and the continued significance of the GDRs semi-private social world ... Paul Betts has written a book that is central to a new understanding of the GDR, providing a sophisticated perspective on why the unloved state lasted for as long as it did' Jan Polmowski, Journal of Contemporary History

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