Information technologies in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), 1949-1989

James W. Cortada

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The German Democratic Republic made a major commitment to the manufacture and use of computers, following common practices embraced by communist regimes during the Cold War. This article describes the political, economic, and technical results from the founding of the GDR to its demise in 1989.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6203524
Pages (from-to)34-48
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012


  • D 1-2
  • D 4
  • GDR
  • German Democratic Republic
  • Soviet Union
  • ZRA 1
  • history of computing


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