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'Ulbricht’s regime was successful in establishing a communist state in East Germany 1949 1971'

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This is an essay plan for the question listed above. Featuring points of discussion and relevant evidence.
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'Ulbricht’s regime was successful in establishing a communist state in East Germany 1949 1971'
  1. Economic & political system
    1. VEBS & nationalisation, collectivisation of agriculture
      1. 85% farms collectivised by 1960
        1. These nationalised industries accounted for approximately 76% of total industries production and these developed into large combines by the 1970s.
        2. 5 and 7 year plans
          1. The plans brought about a centralised direction for the economic system, making everyone attempt to match target numbers.
          2. Imposition of state socialism
            1. Was it really communism when clearly the social elite still existed and workers were not equal? Was equality achieved?
              1. Promotion and access to professional or higher positions was only available to political conformists.
                1. Voters were given a single list of candidates and asked to declare their support for the new state; the people’s police (KVP) had also been established. Not very communist when they have limited leadership options or are forced to accept the system.
              2. Worker's paradise idea
                1. NOT A PARADISE
                  1. Long work hours terrible wages, work quotas were very demanding.
                    1. Poor working conditions, as well as poor living conditions. 65% of homes had running hot water.
                      1. Worker's riots of 1953 and 1956 - they would not have rioted if they were in a worker's paradise or a successful communist state. 320,000 went on strike in Berlin, 6% of the total workforce.
                      2. YES IT WAS A PARADISE
                        1. Job security - People were guaranteed employment as not working was asocial an punishable by law.
                          1. Welfare provision - Workers were offered housing, child care, benefits, workplace benefits.
                        2. Conclusively...
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