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Uprising in East Germany, 1953
The Cold War, the German Question, and
the First Major Upheaval behind the Iron Curtain

Edited by Christian F. Ostermann, Director of the Cold War International History Project Foreword by Charles Mailer, Harvard University

"This document collection is invaluable for Cold War scholars and belongs in every academic library." - German Studies Review

Christian F. Ostermann is director of the Cold War International History Project, editor of the CWIHP Bulletin, a senior fellow at the US National Security Archive, and an expert on the Cold War in Germany. Before joining CWIHP in January 1997, he worked as a research fellow at the National Security Archive at George Washington University. He won the DAAD Article Award of the German Studies Association for "Best Article in German Studies (History), 1994-1996".

This volume is the second in the series Cold War Documentary Readers, a project of the US National Security Archive and the Cold War International History Project.

The volume is the first documented account of this early Cold War crisis from both sides of the Iron Curtain. Based on the recent unprecedented access to the once-closed archives of several member states of the Warsaw Pact, this collection of primary-source documents presents one of the most notorious events of post-war European history in a highly readable format.

Previously unreleased Kremlin records, once highly classified American documents, materials from the Soviet Foreign Ministry, and transcripts of internal East German Communist Party Politburo meetings in the days leading to the uprising in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) are among the highlights of this sensational documentary.

In this volume, as in the previous one in the series, each part is preceded by a detailed introductory essay to provide the necessary historical and political context. The individual documents are introduced by short headnotes summarizing the contents and orienting the reader. A chronology, glossary and bibliography offer further background information.

"Das Buch ist nicht nur als "Reader" für Lehreveranstaltungen an Universitäten und für ein thematisch interessiertes breiteres Publikum geeignet, sonden bietet auch forschenden Historikern einen guten Ausgangspunkt für wissenschaftliche Weiterarbeit." - Osteuropa

2001, 2003
492 pages 170 mm x 243 mm (6.6" x 9.5")
ISBN 978-963-9241-17-6 cloth $63.95 / €53.95 / 38.95
ISBN 978-963-9241-57-2 paperback $40.00 / €35.00 / £30.00

Published in the series: National Security Archive Cold War Readers, ISSN 1587-2416