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The Stasi

The East German Intelligence and Security Service

Authors: Childs, David, Popplewell, Richard

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The Stasi were among the most successful security and intelligence services in the Cold War. Behind the Berlin Wall, colleagues, friends, husbands and wives, informed on each other. Stasi chief, General Mielke, prided himself on this situation. Under Marcus Wolf, Stasi agents were spectacularly successful in gaining entry into the West German Establishment and NATO. Some remain undiscovered. Now, for the first time in English, two British experts reveal how the Stasi operated. Based on a wealth of sources, including interviews with former Stasi officers and their victims, the book tells a fascinating yet frightening story of unbridled power, misguided idealism, treachery, widespread opportunism and lonely courage.

About the authors

DAVID CHILDS is Professor of Politics at Nottingham University. Among his 15 other works are Germany in the 20th Century, GDR: Moscow's German Ally and East Germany to the 1990s: Can it Resist Glasnost? He predicted the demise of the East German regime in 1988 and was himself spied upon by the Stasi in Britain as well as in Germany. He has published many contributions on Germany in The Independent, The Times and elsewhere.

RICHARD POPPLEWELL is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Salford. He was Bradley Fellow at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, after completing his PhD at Cambridge in 1988. Dr Popplewell worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before taking up academic work. His study of the British imperial intelligence service will be published next year.

Reviews

'This book helps us fill an important gap in our understanding of both the GDR and the Soviet bloc as a whole.' - Professor Christopher Andrew, Daily Telegraph

'Childs and Popplewell give...a fine overview... well-written and enjoyable.' - Jeffrey Kopstein, Europe-Asia Studies ,University of Glasgow

'The first book in English based largely on revelations from this astonishing archive...[It] helps us fill an important gap in our understanding of both the GDR and the Soviet bloc as a whole.' - Chris Andrew, The Daily Telegraph

'A valuable work...based on detailed research, some of it in previously secret archives, and personal experience of the German communist state.' - Peter Johnson, former BBC/Reuters correspondent, East Berlin/Moscow, British-German Review


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • German Communism, the Comintern and Secret Intelligence 1918–43

    Pages 1-32

    Childs, David (et al.)

  • The Origins and Development of East German State Security: The Ulbricht Years, 1945–71

    Pages 33-65

    Childs, David (et al.)

  • The MfS, the SED and the East German State

    Pages 66-81

    Childs, David (et al.)

  • The MfS as an Internal Security Organ

    Pages 82-111

    Childs, David (et al.)

  • East German Foreign Intelligence, 1945–89

    Pages 112-141

    Childs, David (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Stasi
Book Subtitle
The East German Intelligence and Security Service
Authors
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-15054-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-15054-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-63094-5
Softcover ISBN
978-0-333-77207-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 253
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