Death in East Germany, 1945-1990. Felix Robin Schulz Felix Robin Schulz

ISBN: 9781782380139

Published: September 1st 2013

Hardcover

250 pages


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Death in East Germany, 1945-1990. Felix Robin Schulz  by  Felix Robin Schulz

Death in East Germany, 1945-1990. Felix Robin Schulz by Felix Robin Schulz
September 1st 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 250 pages | ISBN: 9781782380139 | 5.16 Mb

As the first historical study of East Germanys sepulchral culture, this book explores the complex cultural responses to death since the Second World War. Topics include the interrelated areas of the organization and municipalization of theMoreAs the first historical study of East Germanys sepulchral culture, this book explores the complex cultural responses to death since the Second World War.

Topics include the interrelated areas of the organization and municipalization of the undertaking industry- the steps taken towards a socialist cemetery culture such as issues of design, spatial layout, and commemorative practices- the propagation of cremation as a means of disposal- the wide-spread introduction of anonymous communal areas for the internment of urns- and the emergence of socialist and secular funeral rituals.

The author analyses the manifold changes to the system of the disposal of the dead in East Germany-a society that not only had to negotiate the upheaval of military defeat but also urbanization, secularization, a communist regime, and a planned economy. Stressing a comparative approach, the book reveals surprising similarities to the development of Western countries but also highlights the intricate local variations within the GDR and sheds more light on the East German state and its society.Felix Robin Schulz is Lecturer in Modern European History at Newcastle University.

He has taught at Lancaster University, the University of York, and Sunderland University. His research interests include the history of sepulchral cultures, regional and national memorialization, and the link between landscape and identity. He has published on death and disposal in East Germany as well on the history of the Alps.



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