BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//wordpress//historikertag-2021//DE X-ORIGINAL-URL: CALSCALE:GREGORIAN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:historikertag-2021-1388 DTSTAMP:20210520T065140Z DTSTART:20211005T141500Z DTEND:20211005T160000Z SUMMARY:[Historikertag 2021] Dictatorship under Restraint – Police Force and Police Brutality in State Socialism DESCRIPTION:The public debate about police work in socialist states still revolves around the question of how repressive and/or efficient its institutions were in translating the party’s will. The following papers suggest a more differentiated look at both the different branches of the (Secret) Police administration and the Warsaw Pact States in comparison. All these states showed mechanisms and tendencies to regulate and to restrain police operations. Since the 1950s party, police, and justice officials engaged in a debate (and in institutional conflicts) about the proportions and boundaries of police work. Above all, the application of physical violence against civilians was a topic of fierce debate. Four case studies on Poland, the GDR, and the Soviet Union shed light on these conflicts. They show the different institutional perceptions and expectations about the application of physical violence and its limitations. The panel suggests that police operations have to be analysed in the context of its institutional plurality. The application of force (and violence) was not simply the result of the implementation of top-own orders, but also the product of intra- and interagency negotiations. Every debate about the ‘repressive’ character of a socialist police state must consider institutional frictions and the variances of East German, East-Central european and Soviet experiences. Der Beitrag Dictatorship under Restraint – Police Force and Police Brutality in State Socialism erschien zuerst auf Historikertag 2021. END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR