This interdisciplinary volume addresses the consequences of the fall of the Berlin Wall
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"This well-conceived volume goes beyond conventional platitudes about the Berlin Wall's history and cultural significance to show the many complexities and ironies associated with the Wall in both East and West--from the erection of the Wall in 1961 until long after the Wall's demise in 1989. The book is a model for interdisciplinary German Studies, situating Germany in a larger European and world context, and utilizing the tools of diverse disciplines, from history through urban studies to film and theater studies--all in the service of demonstrating the rich complexity of a historical phenomenon that is all too frequently rendered in simplistic ways."--Stephen Brockmann, Professor of German at Carnegie Mellon University and President of the German Studies Association"Fifty years after the construction of the Berlin War and more than twenty years after its dismantling, its presence is still felt in the kind of local and global scenarios mapped so beautifully by this anthology. Whether as a symbol of dictatorship and peaceful revolution, an object of commemorative practices, a participant in the process of capital-building and city branding, a metaphor for new and old forms of exclusion, or a model for ways of thinking about borders and boundaries in post-Wall Germany and Europe, the Berlin Wall is still very much with us. An insightful and highly relevant group of case studies."--Sabine Hake, Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture, University of Texas at Austin"The contributors to the present volume chart the consequences of a political event of extraordinary significance and far-reaching consequences, the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, from a wide variety of perspectives. On account of its decidedly interdisciplinary nature the volume is highly recommended to potential readers from various academic backgrounds and disciplines."-- Siegfried Mews, Professor of German at the University of North Carolina at Chapel HillVom Verlag:
When the Berlin Wall opened unexpectedly on November 9, 1989, it marked a rupture of global significance. For Germany's national history the event has become ¬– next to the defeat of 1945 – the most significant date in collective memory. For Cold War Europe the Berlin Wall represented a symbol of border crisis and of difference and division. This interdisciplinary volume addresses multiple consequences of the fall of the Wall: looking back at the physical barrier, its demise, and how it has been mediated in film and television; detailing the processes of restoring and revitalizing the city and the country that had been torn asunder; recognizing the new challenges of integrating socially and politically old and new minorities; and identifying how a new European identity may emerge 'after the Wall.' The anthology is targeted at scholars and advanced students in history, German studies, sociology, art history, and related fields.
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