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Between german tradition and soviet hegemony: The postwar reconstruction of sports

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The Soviet Union, and the relationships between East German leaders and the Soviet government, played a pivotal role in shaping postwar East Germany, including the reconstruction of sports. The study of East German engagements with history-in terms of both propaganda and everyday practice-reveals two crucial dynamics of East German political culture in the early years. To demonstrate how Ulbricht worked to carry his vision of sports and politics to all of society, the book contains reprints of many of Ulbricht's speeches about sports as well as essays celebrating his support of sports written by sports leaders, sports historians, and famous athletes. The Section of each Betriebssportgemeinschaften (BSG) now reported to the local, regional, and then national Sports Federation for its sport, rather than the Sportvereinigungen (SV) associated with the BSG's sponsoring industry.

Keywords: East German; postwar; reconstruction; Soviet Union; sports



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