The German Wall: Fallout in Europe

The German Wall: Fallout in Europe

by M. Silberman
     
 

This interdisciplinary volumeaddresses the consequences of the fall of the Berlin Wall, from the revitalizing effect it had on Germany tothe new challenges of integrating socially and politically old and new minorities, and forming a new European identity.It also considers how the fall was represented by the media.  See more details below

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This interdisciplinary volumeaddresses the consequences of the fall of the Berlin Wall, from the revitalizing effect it had on Germany tothe new challenges of integrating socially and politically old and new minorities, and forming a new European identity.It also considers how the fall was represented by the media.

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'The German Wall is an ambitious project in topic and scope. The kaleidoscopic vision put forward here offers a broad range of students and scholars a multifaceted overview, encouraging a more interdisciplinary and holistic approach to the study of phenomena that shape our world and our attempts to better comprehend it.' German Studies Review

"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 Hill

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230112162
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
04/12/2011
Series:
Studies in European Culture and History Series
Edition description:
2011
Pages:
257
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Marc Silberman is a Professor of German and Affiliate Professor of Film Studies and Theater and Drama at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of books on the German cinema, the dramatist Heiner Müller, and the East German novel; he also edited and translated Brecht on Film and Radio and recently co-edited the volume Screening War: Perspectives on German Suffering.

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