Why Did the East Germans Rebel?
By Susanne Lohmann
This article appeared in the Fall 1997 issue of The Independent Review
In Origins of a Spontaneous Revolution: East Germany, 1989, leading German social scientists Karl-Dieter Opp, Peter Voss and Christiane Gern argue that East Germans took to the streets because, ironically, they overestimated their chances of success. Although an excellent starting point for future scholarship, Origins relies on inadequate survey data and overlooks superior theories of collective action.
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