REVIEW ARTICLE/CRITIQUE EXHAUSTIF RICHARD J. BAZILLION (Sault Sainte Marie, Ont., Canada) East German Elites in Historical Perspective: A Review Article Walter Struve, Elites Against Democracy: Leadership Ideals in Bourgeois Political Thought in Germany, 1890-1933. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1973. 486 pp. $20.00 cloth; $9.75 paper. Peter Christian Ludz, The Changing Party Elite in East Germany. Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press, 1972. 509 pp. $15.00. Thomas A. Baylis, The Technical Intelligentsia and the East German Elite: Legiti- macy and Social Change in Mature Communism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974. 336 pp. $12.50. Beginning in the 1960s and gathering momentum ever since, interest in the socio-economic interpretation of German modernization has grown among his- torians and social scientists. Ralf Dahrendorf's Gesellschaft und Demokratie in Deutschland, first published in 1965, suggested a conceptual focus based on a "sociological theory of democracy." Although Dahrendorf accepted the impossibility of building a rigorous and comprehensive theory, he did establish four characteristics of a modern, liberal social order with which to contrast actual developments in German society over the past century. "Liberal democracy can become effective," he asserted, "only in a society in which, (1) equal citizenship rights have been gen- eralized ; (2) conflicts
East Central Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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