Sport Under Communism: Behind the East German 'Miracle'

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Palgrave Macmillan, Apr 24, 2012 - Social Science - 261 pages
Based on original Stasi and Communist Party archival sources, this book uncovers why East Germany was for two decades running one of the most successful nations in the Summer and Winter Olympics, exploring how the central elite sports system was beset by internal tensions and disputes.
 

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Contents

Contestation in the East German Sports System
1
1 The Political Use of Sport
14
2 The Development of East German Elite Sport
28
3 Finding and Promoting Young Sporting Talent
56
4 Drugs in Elite Sport in the German Doping Republic
83
5 Steroids and Justice
109
6 Football East German Sports Problem Child
128
Declining Mass Sport Provision
157
8 The East German Model in Comparative Context
171
9 Key Themes and Findings
187
Notes
200
Bibliography
236
Index
250
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MIKE DENNIS Professor of Modern German History at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He has specialized in the history of East German Communism and sport and among his major publications are The Rise and Fall of the German Democratic Republic 1945-1990, The Stasi: Myth and Reality, Deutschland 1945-1990 (with J. D. Steinert), and State and Minorities in Communist East Germany (with N. Laporte).
JONATHAN GRIXSenior Lecturer in Sports Politics and Policy at the University of Birmingham, UK. Hehas published widely on East Germany, research methodology and sports-related themes, including The Role of the Masses in the Collapse of the GDR and Foundations of Research.