Cover for FULLER: Where Was the Working Class?: Revolution in Eastern Germany

Where Was the Working Class?

Revolution in Eastern Germany

In six months bridging 1989 and 1990, the German Democratic Republic underwent a transformation that took the world almost completely by surprise. Yet unlike the revolution in Poland a decade earlier, only a small percentage of workers played apolitically active role in the fall of socialism in Germany.

In this unprecedented study, Linda Fuller sets out to explain why the working class was largely missing from the 1989-90 revolution. Drawing on pre- and post-revolutionary visits to East German work sites and dozens of interviews, Fuller documents workers' day-to-day experience of the labor process, workplace union politics, and class. She shows how all three factors led most workers to withdraw from politics, even while prompting a handful to become actively involved in the struggle.

"Clearly written, crisply argued, and accessible not only to sociologists but also to historians and political scientists." Choice

"Fuller tells her central story elegantly and persuasively. . . . A valuable contribution to the emerging story of the fall of the Berlin Wall." -- Frederick D. Weil, Contemporary Sociology

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