Book indexes: experiences and expectations in the German Democratic Republic (GDR)

Schmidmaier, Dieter
October 2006
Indexer;Oct2006, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p83
Academic Journal
The article discusses the condition of indexing in the German Democratic Republic and the influence of social, political and economic factors on the creation of indexes. Due to the isolation of the socialist society, the quality of indexing suffered as it was not possible to adhere to international standards of practice. Economic concerns also dictated the extent to which indexes could be included in books as paper was in short supply. The author discusses ways in which Marxist ideology was applied to indexing, and the effect of ideologies on the content and quality therein.


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