The opening up, and subsequent tearing down, of the Berlin Wall in 1989 effectively ended a historically unique period for Europe that had drastically changed its face over a period of fifty years and redefined, in all sorts of ways, what was meant by East and West. For Germany in particular this radical change meant much more than unification of the divided country, although initially this process seemed to consume all of the country's energies and emotions. While the period of the Cold War saw the emergence of a Federal Republic distinctly Western in orientation, the coming down of the Iron Curtain meant that Germany's relationship with its traditional neighbours to the East and the South-East, which had been essentially frozen or redefined in different ways for the two German states by the Cold War, had to be rediscovered. This volume, which brings together scholars in German Studies from the United States, Germany and other European countries, examines the history of the relationship between Germany and Eastern Europe and the opportunities presented by the changes of the 1990's, drawing particular attention to the interaction between the willingness of German and its Eastern neighbours to work for political and economic inte-gration, on the one hand, and the cultural and social problems that stem from old prejudices and unresolved disputes left over from the Second World War, on the other.
Table of Contents
Keith BULLIVANT / Geoffrey GILES: Introduction: Germany and Eastern EuropeHistorical Perspectives: Ethnic and Cultural Identity in the BorderlandsVolker R. BERGHAHN: Germans and Poles, 1871-1945Richard BLANKE: When Germans and Poles Lived Together: From the History of German-Polish RelationsAlan E. STEINWEIS: Eastern Europe and the Notion of the Frontier in Germany to 1945Doris L. BERGEN: The 'Volksdeutschen' of Eastern Europe, World War II, and the Holocaust: Constructed Ethnicity, Real GenocideMartin ANDREE and Daniel FULDA: Anticommunism and (West) German Identity; An Analysis of Metaphors and Concepts of History in the F.A.Z. (1949-1952)German Literature and Eastern Europe: Changing MentalitiesJürgen LIESKOUNIG: Branntweintrinkende Wilde Beyond Civilization and Outside History: The Depiction of the Poles in Gustav Freytag's Soll und HabenAlice FREIFELD: The De-Germanization of the Budapest StageWalter PAPE: Vita Nuova: Moscow and the German WritersAnna CAMPANILE: Landscape of Memories: Eastern Euro-pean Rooms in the Poetry and Prose of Johannes Bo-browskiGermany and Eastern Europe: Before and After 1989Karl SCHLÖGEL: Berlin: Stepmother among Russian CitiesPatricia KOLLANDER: Malevolent Partnership or Blatant Opportunism? Croat-German Relations, 1919-1941Thomas C. FOX: Imagining Eastern Europe in East Ger-man LiteratureUwe KOREIK and Jiri STROMSIK: The Contemporary Czech View of Germany and the GermansHerta MÜLLER: In the TrapBrigid HAINES: Subjectivity (Un)Bound: Libuše Moníková and Herta MüllerRumjana KIEFER: The Image of Germany in Contemporary Bulgarian LiteratureCroat-German Relations, 1919-1941Notes on ContributorsIndex