Stalinism in Eastern Europe: the rise and fall of the GDR




In this pamphlet Peter Schwarz outlines the post-war historical origins of the Stalinist bloc in Eastern Europe and its collapse in 1989. The bourgeoisie and ex-bureaucrats usurped the mass uprisings that took place at the time, brutally restoring capitalist regimes. In this lecture, originally given in 1998, Schwarz discusses the political and historical questions of the nature of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the broader role of Stalinism in Eastern Europe.