Transformation in Poland and East Germany. Barriers to modernisation in science and the economy in the GDR
Origins and consequences in comparison with West Germany and with neighbouring East Central European countries
This project fills existing gaps in research on the origins and still lasting consequences of efforts at modernisation in East Germany and the barriers that they faced. It includes comparisons with West Germany and with other countries of East Central Europe. For the first time, modernisation processes in business and science, as well as their outcomes and consequences, will be comprehensively analysed using historical, sociological, economic and political science methods. These processes will be compared with equivalents in West Germany, but also in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Ukraine. The aim here is to expand the perspective of the analysis beyond the German–German framework, in order to gain new insights.
In sections of the project, a range of methods will be used to analyse the real manifestations of the barriers to and achievements of modernisation. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the study, it will focus not only on the macro level, but also on the system-dependent strategies of actors at the micro level of science and the economy. It was they who came to the forefront as a result of the systemic transformation, when the need was to develop efficient and innovative enterprise based on actors who had been subject to restrictions.
- Scientific meeting at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk, September 2021 (conference report in German)
- Publication: Sozialistische Ökonomie im Spannungsfeld der Modernisierung. Ein ideengeschichtlicher Vergleich DDR – Polen (Wagener, Tymiński, Koryś: Springer 2021)
- Publication: Transformation in Polen und Ostdeutschland. Voraussetzungen, Verlauf und Ergebnisse (ed. Flade, Steinkamp, Walerski: Harrassowitz 2022), https://doi.org/10.11584/ips.11
- Interviews (in German) with Prof. Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast, Dr Falk Flade and Prof. Hans-Jürgen Wagener
1 December 2018 to 31 March 2023
Participating scholars at European University Viadrina
Prof. Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast, Dr Anna M. Steinkamp, Dr Falk Flade, Konrad Walerski, and emeritus professors Anna Schwarz and Hans-Jürgen Wagener
University of Bremen, Technical University of Berlin, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)