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Author Gumbert, Heather L.

Title Envisioning socialism : television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic / Heather L. Gumbert.

Imprint Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2014]

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Description 1 online resource : illustrations.
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Social history, popular culture, and politics in germany
Social history, popular culture, and politics in Germany.
Note Print version record.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Envisioning Socialism examines television and the power it exercised to define the East Germans' view of socialism during the first decades of the German Democratic Republic. In the first book in English to examine this topic, Heather L. Gumbert traces how television became a medium prized for its communicative and entertainment value. She explores the difficulties GDR authorities had defining and executing a clear vision of the society they hoped to establish, and she explains how television helped to stabilize GDR society in a way that ultimately worked against the utopian vision the authorities thought they were cultivating. Gumbert challenges those who would dismiss East German television as a tool of repression that couldn't compete with the West or capture the imagination of East Germans. Instead, she shows how, by the early 1960s, television was a model of the kind of socialist realist art that could appeal to authorities and audiences. Ultimately, this socialist vision was overcome by the challenges that the international market in media products and technologies posed to nation-building in the postwar period. A history of ideas and perceptions examining both real and mediated historical conditions, Envisioning Socialism considers television as a technology, an institution, and a medium of social relations and cultural knowledge. The book will be welcomed in undergraduate and graduate courses in German and media history, the history of postwar Socialism, and the history of science and technologies"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Cold War Signals: Television Technology in the GDR -- Inventing Television Programming in the GDR -- The Revolution Wasn't Televised: Political Discipline Confronts Live Television in 1956 -- Mediating the Berlin Wall: Television in August -- Coercion and Consent in Television Broadcasting: The Consequences of August 1961 -- Reaching Consensus on Television.
Subject Deutscher Fernsehfunk -- History.
Deutscher Fernsehfunk. (OCoLC)fst00704922
Television and politics -- Germany (East)
Television -- Social aspects -- Germany (East)
Television broadcasting -- Germany (East) -- History.
Socialism and society.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Germany.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Media Studies.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Television -- History & Criticism.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Social Psychology.
Socialism and society. (OCoLC)fst01123697
Television and politics. (OCoLC)fst01146689
Television broadcasting. (OCoLC)fst01146714
Television -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01146618
Germany (East) (OCoLC)fst01210274
Genre/Form Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Gumbert, Heather. Envisioning Socialism. University of Michigan Press 2014 1306463637
ISBN 9780472120024 (electronic bk.)
0472120026 (electronic bk.)
1306463637 (electronic bk.)
9781306463638 (electronic bk.)
9780472900954 (electronic bk.)
0472900951 (electronic bk.)
9780472119196
0472119192 (hardback)
Standard No. DEBBG BV044198308
GBVCP 1003759459
GBVCP 896609901
NZ1 16242664

 
    
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