After the Wall: East Meets West in the New Berlin

After the Wall: East Meets West in the New Berlin

After the Wall: East Meets West in the New Berlin

After the Wall: East Meets West in the New Berlin

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After the Wall grew out of my concern that the rush for German reunification and the euphoria in the West over the opening of the Wall, reported ad nauseum in the Western presses, would lead to a peculiar kind of political amnesia about the causes and consequences of the Cold War. In May of 1989 I had just completed a major ethnographic study about the construction of division and its effects on everyday life in the two Berlins. The revolutionary events in East Europe in 1989 demanded a new look at those divisions, from the standpoint of their collapse rather than their construction.

Most Americans experienced the events of 1989 as a blur of newspaper headlines announcing the victory of capitalism over socialism. For the citizens of East Germany, however, the Autumn Revolution of 1989 was an alternately . . .

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