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The Death of the KPD

Communism and Anti-Communism in West Germany, 1945-1956

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The Death of the KPD by Patrick Major
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Why was the West German Communist Party banned in 1956, only 11 years after it had emerged from Nazi persecution? Although politically weak, the postwar party was in fact larger than its Weimar predecessor and initially dominated works councils at the Ruhr pits and Hamburg docks, as well as the steel giant, Krupp. Under the control of East Berlin, however, the KPD was sent off on a series of overambitious and flawed campaigns to promote national unification and prevent West German rearmament. At the same time, the party was steadily criminalized by the Anglo-American occupiers, and ostracized by a heavily anti-communist society. Patrick Major has used material available only since the end of the Cold War, from both Communist archives in the former GDR as well as western intelligence, to trace the final decline and fall of the once-powerful KPD.
Release date NZ
February 5th, 1998
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
tables
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
370
Dimensions
144x224x26
ISBN-13
9780198206934
Product ID
2247802

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