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By Thomas A. Baylis, David Childs, Erwin L. Collier, Marilyn Rueschemeyer

As a brand new decade starts the preferred call for for swap has intended that the social and political textile of the the jap Bloc international locations has been irrevocably altered. This booklet deals a finished research of the most important political, financial and social components of East German society, resembling the army and the church, parts as a way to intrinsically concerned with the move for swap.

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24 Kampfkraft der Grundsorganisationen der SED bei der Verwirklichung der ökonomischen Strategie’, Neuer Weg 40 (1985), 343–46. In Neues Deutschland, December 17, 1987. It is noteworthy that whereas incumbent or even deceased CPSU leaders such as Kunaev or Rashidov were singled out for improper acts, no difficulty of the GDR’s development or weaknesses in the SED have been blamed publicly on Konrad Naumann. ’ Deutschland Archiv 19, 965–88, and Heinz Timmermann (1987) ‘Gorbatschows Reformansatze – eine Herausforderung für die SED’, DDR-Report 20 385–8.

But as a student of elite politics in Eastern Europe, I have been struck by the frequency with which observers have attributed the distinctiveness of the Hungarian path to the leadership tactics and style of Kádár. Indeed, the term ‘Kádárism’ (or ‘Kádárization’)3 has sometimes been used to signify a particular approach to successful rule in Eastern Europe. In this chapter I will examine precisely what ‘Kádárism’ has meant in terms of Hungary’s, leadership structures and practices, and ask how it differs from leadership arrangements in the GDR.

23 The view of Erich Honecker as a rather grey, conservative figure that prevailed at the time of his appointment as SED First Secretary in 1971 has long since given way to a more positive image in both the West and the GDR itself. Following an interview with Honecker in January 1986, Theo Sommer of Die Zeit wrote: He speaks with a firm, sometimes soft voice. His sentences emerge without adornment or rhetorical flourishes; he formulates them fluently. He is friendly in manner, smiles and laughs, lets himself be interrupted.

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