Alienating Labour: Workers on the Road from Socialism to Capitalism in East Germany and Hungary

Alienating Labour: Workers on the Road from Socialism to Capitalism in East Germany and Hungary

By: Eszter Bartha (author)Hardback

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The Communist Party dictatorships in Hungary and East Germany sought to win over the "masses" with promises of providing for ever-increasing levels of consumption. This policy - successful at the outset - in the long-term proved to be detrimental for the regimes because it shifted working class political consciousness to the right while it effectively excluded leftist alternatives from the public sphere. This book argues that this policy can provide the key to understanding of the collapse of the regimes. It examines the case studies of two large factories, Carl Zeiss Jena (East Germany) and Raba in Gyor (Hungary), and demonstrates how the study of the formation of the relationship between the workers' state and the industrial working class can offer illuminating insights into the important issue of the legitimacy (and its eventual loss) of Communist regimes.

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Eszter Bartha is a Lecturer in the Department of Eastern European History at the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. She received her PhD from the Central European University in Budapest in 2007. Her current work examines the relationship between the party and the working class in the declining phase of Communism.


List of Figures List of Tables List of abbreviations Acknowledgements Introduction: Welfare dictatorships, the working class and socialist ideology: A theoretical and methodological outline Chapter 1. 1968 and the Working Class Chapter 2. Workers in the Welfare Dictatorships Chapter 3. Workers and the Party Chapter 4. Contrasting the Memory of the Kadar and Honecker Regimes Conclusion: Squaring the Circle? The End of the Welfare Dictatorships in the GDR and Hungary Appendix: Tables References

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/12/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781782380252
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9781782380252
  • weight: 667
  • ISBN10: 1782380256

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