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This edited volume consists of eleven chapters which explore the relationship between the Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands (Socialist Unity Party of Germany or SED) and the communist parties of Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Greece in the period between the Prague Spring in 1968 and the fall of the SED regime in 1989.
Showing how proverbs and jokes gradually gain momentum in the final days of the GDR, the author provides also the social and historical context of 40 years of the Republic's history, tracing also the failures of the system set up by the SED (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands, Socialist Unity Party of Germany) that governed East Germany for these four decades.
Furthermore, the SED (Socialist Unity Party of Germany) leader, Walter Ulbricht, genuinely appreciated the scientists' skills and supported them generously.
It concentrates on the grass-roots relations between the Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschland (Socialist Unity Party of Germany), the state, and farming collectives and shows how economic, political, and administrative structures of the regime at the lower levels both controlled and shaped the boundaries in which farmers lived and worked and were shaped themselves by the integration and participation of people as farmers and agriculture functionaries into the system of rule.
But it was too late, and in April 1946 under tremendous pressure from the Russians the SPD in the eastern zone under Otto Grotewohl agreed to merge with the KPD to form the SED (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands - Socialist Unity Party of Germany).

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