The German Wall: Fallout in Europe

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When the Berlin Wall came down suddenly in 1989, it marked a rupture of global significance. Almost overnight, November 9 became one of the most significant dates in global collective memory, as well as a signal event in German national history. This book examines the consequences of the fall of the Wall: the physical barrier, its demise, and how it has been mediated in film and television; how the city and nation that had been torn asunder now struggle to reunite; how old and new minorities are being socially ...

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Overview

When the Berlin Wall came down suddenly in 1989, it marked a rupture of global significance. Almost overnight, November 9 became one of the most significant dates in global collective memory, as well as a signal event in German national history. This book examines the consequences of the fall of the Wall: the physical barrier, its demise, and how it has been mediated in film and television; how the city and nation that had been torn asunder now struggle to reunite; how old and new minorities are being socially and politically integrated; and how a new European identity emerges in the post-Wall era.

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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 Hill

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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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Table of Contents

PART I: RE-VIEWING THE BERLIN WALL * Germany 1989: A New Type of Revolution? / Konrad H. Jarausch * The Different Aesthetics of the Berlin Wall / Olaf Briese * Politics, Culture, and Media before and after the Berlin Wall / Henning Wrage * PART II: RE-NEWING BERLIN IN UNIFIED GERMANY * Re-Capitalizing Berlin / Janet Ward * Interim Use at a Former Death Strip?: Art, Politics, and Urbanism at Skulpturenpark Berlin Zentrum / Karen E. Till * Jugendweihe: Revitalizing a Socialist Coming-of-Age Ceremony in Unified Berlin / Barbara Wolbert
• PART III: RE-SETTLING BERLIN'S OTHERS * Neither Eastern nor Welcome: The Confused Lives of Berlin’s Balkan Migrants, 1950-2000 / Isa Blumi * Class of 1989: Who Made Good and Who Dropped Out of German History?: Postmigrant Documentary Theater in Berlin / Katrin Sieg
• PART IV: RE-NEGOTIATING EUROPE'S CENTER * On Italian Bridges: Navigating Rocks and Hard Places in Post-Wall Europe / Lina Insana * Breaking Down the Walls: The European Library Project / B. Venkat Mani

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