Picking up many of themes of David Childs' earlier book, The GDR: Moscow's German Ally, this book discusses the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1971 until the mid 1980s. Written at a time when the GDR was one of the most modern and successful socialist states, with a growing importance within the socialist bloc and the global stage, this books examined a number of important topics such as GDR relations with the USSR and the USA, the GDR Navy, the church in the GDR and the economy of the GDR.
Preface. Introduction David Childs 1. The Socialist Unity Part Hermann Weber 2. The Written Constitution - the Basic Law of a Socialist State? Inge Christopher 3. The Economy of the German Democratic Republic Stephen F. Frowen 4. Education Under the Honeckers John Page 5. The Church in the German Democratic Republic Roland Smith 6. The Significance of East German Intellectuals in Opposition Roger Woods 7. Woman, Myth and Magic: On Christa Wolf's Kassandra and Irmtraud Morgner's Amanda J. H. Reid 8. Youth - Not So Very Different David Childs 9. East German Naval Build-Up Dale R. Herspring 10. The German Democratic Republic and the Soviet Union Martin McCauley 11. The German Democratic Republic and the United States David Childs