Peterson, Edward N.
Russian Commands and German Resistance
The Soviet Occupation, 1945-1949
Year of Publication: 1999
New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1999. 510 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-3948-8 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.800 kg, 1.764 lbs
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The common assumption has been that Stalin established a totalitarian state in his zone and that the authoritarian Germans simply continued from one obedience to the other. Scholarly analysis, first possible with the coming down of the Wall, begins with the Soviet Command in Berlin. It then traces policy implementation in four German states and eight local communities. The surprising conclusion is that the purposes of Stalin were confused, that the Moscow policy was ambivalent, and the assigned personnel insufficiently prepared and controlled. The German response was a massive resistance, whether out of a desire for freedom, or for a higher standard of living, or the inertia of continuing in their individualistic/capitalist ways.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Edward N. Peterson received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1953. He has taught history at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls since 1954. His publications include Hjalmar Schacht: For and Against Hitler; The Limits of Hitler's Power; The American Occupation of Germany: Retreat to Victory; The Many Faces of Defeat: The German People's Experience in 1945; An Analytical History of World War II.
Studies in Modern European History. Vol. 29
General Editor: Frank J. Coppa