East German Communism and the Stasi Analytical Essay

East German Communism and the Stasi
This paper examines the effectiveness of the Stasi in the former East Germany.
# 119396 | 1,928 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2010 | CA

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This essay analyzes the effectiveness of the Stasi, the former secret police agency in East Germany, in defending the former German Democratic Republic's government. The author attempts to prove that the Stasi carried out their task adequately and efficiently, showing how aspects beyond the Stasi's control caused the fall of communism in East Germany. A brief history of the Stasi is presented, highlighting some of their operations and recruiting methods. The question of what makes a successful secret police agency is also discussed. The paper includes information about the Stasi's leadership under Erich Mielke. In summary, the author reiterates that the Stasi, was one of the most capable secret police agencies in the world. The paper uses MLA style footnotes but does not include a works cited page.

From the Paper:

"The word Stasi comes from an abbreviation of the German word Staatssicherhei, literally State Security . Founded on 9 February 1950 under William Zaisser, the Stasi was modeled after both the Russian Checka and the Soviet MGB. Until the collapse of the GDR in 1991, the Stasi remained an extremely loyal and effective partner to the Soviets. Although the Stasi were officially granted independence in 1950, it was really only a superficial independence, as the now KGB employed liaison officers within the Stasi until 1990 3. This relationship is more logical when you think of the GDR in the context of its relationship with the Soviet Union. As the USSR acted as a big brother to the GDR, it makes sense for their respective security agencies to take similar roles."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Koehler, John O., The Stasi:The Untold Story of the East Secret Police (London: Basic Books, 2000)
  • Erich Mielke, Qtd in Bruce, Gary, "Access to Secret Police Files: Justice and Vetting in East Germany", German Politics and Society, 2008, Vol. 26, Issue 1
  • Wright, Paul, "Aufklarung und Abwehr: The Lasting Legacy of the Stasi Under Ernst Wollwebber", Intellegence and National Security; 2006, Vol. 21, Issue 1, p. 223
  • Fulbrook, Mary, The People's State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker (London: Yale University Press, 2006), 230
  • Metzger, Eric, "In Our District, the State is Secure: The East German Secret Police Response to the Events of 1989 in Perleberg Disrict", Contemporary European History, 2005, Vol. 14, Issue 2, p. 224

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