Violence and xenophobia as means of social control in times of collapse: the soviet occupation of post-war Germany, 1945-1947

Slaveski, Filip 2008, Violence and xenophobia as means of social control in times of collapse: the soviet occupation of post-war Germany, 1945-1947, Australian journal of politics and history, vol. 54, no. 3, pp. 389-402.

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Title Violence and xenophobia as means of social control in times of collapse: the soviet occupation of post-war Germany, 1945-1947
Author(s) Slaveski, FilipORCID iD for Slaveski, Filip orcid.org/0000-0003-4209-0641
Journal name Australian journal of politics and history
Volume number 54
Issue number 3
Start page 389
End page 402
Total pages 14
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 0004-9522
1467-8497
Keyword(s) Soviet Union
Germany
occupation
mass violence
Summary This article explores an overlooked aspect of the Soviet occupation of post-war Germany, namely, the influence of wartime violence on German behavioural patterns during the post-war period. Whilst many historians have noted that violent Soviet conduct in Germany merely encouraged the intensification of existing anti-Soviet attitudes therein, few have attempted to thoroughly investigate its influence on German behaviour. The conclusions made by those few historians who have done so are unsupported by the Soviet archival evidence drawn upon in the article. Using this evidence, the article highlights the tentative links between the violent repression of an occupation force and the muted responses of its subjects. It concludes that the nature of the repression and of the broader occupation landscape in which it developed, was integral in ensuring that the characteristically docile behaviour of the German population toward the Soviet occupier continued unabated throughout much of the occupation period.
Language eng
Field of Research 210307 European History (excl British, Classical Greek and Roman)
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Wiley Blackwell Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061979

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