Making Sense of Dictatorship
Domination and Everyday Life in East Central Europe after 1945
How did political power function in the communist regimes of Central and Eastern Europe after 1945? Making Sense of Dictatorship addresses this question with a particular focus on the acquiescent behavior of the majority of the population until, at the end of the 1980s, their rejection of state socialism and its authoritarian world.
The authors refer to the concept of Sinnwelt, the way in which groups and individuals made sense of the world around them. The essays focus on the dynamics of everyday life and the extent to which the relationship between citizens and the state was collaborative or antagonistic. Each chapter addresses a different aspect of life in this period, including modernization, consumption and leisure, and the everyday experiences of "ordinary people," single mothers, or those adopting alternative lifestyles.
Empirically rich and conceptually original, the essays in this volume suggest new ways to understand how people make sense of everyday life under dictatorial regimes.
About the Authors
Dr Celia Donert is University Lecturer in 20th Century Central European History, since c. 1900 at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.
Ana Kladnik joined the Institute for Contemporary History in Ljubljana in 2020. She received her PhD in history from the University of Ljubljana. She worked at the Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (ZZF) in Potsdam and at the Hannah-Arendt-Institut, TU Dresden. She was a Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, at the University of Liverpool, and she also taught at the Charles University in Prague.
Prof. Dr. Martin Sabrow is Director of the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam.
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