Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identity

Hardcover | June 15, 2011

byJanet Ward

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Theoretically expansive yet historically well-grounded, Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identity offers a powerful lens through which to view this city's latest self-reinvention. Presenting a trans-disciplinary approach to understanding one of the world's most iconic cities, the book relates to recent trends in post-Cold-War cultural history, memory studies, visual culture, and border studies. Through a focus on the moving boundaries of Berlin, Janet Ward reshapes the parameters of urban enquiry and sheds new light on debates surrounding the city's division and rebuilding, post-1989 and post-9/11 globalization, the new Europe, urban preservation and 'memory sites'. This book is, in short, a bold reassessment of the modern and postmodern urban condition.

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Theoretically expansive yet historically well-grounded, Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identity offers a powerful lens through which to view this city's latest self-reinvention. Presenting a trans-disciplinary approach to understanding one of the world's most iconic cities, the book relates to recent trends in post-Cold-War cultu...

JANET WARD is Associate Professor of History at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA. She is the author of Weimar Surfaces: Urban Visual Culture in 1920s Germany and co-editor of German Studies in the Post-Holocaust Age, as well as Agonistics: Arenas of Creative Contest and the forthcoming Walls, Borders, Boundaries: Spatial and Cu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:404 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.94 inPublished:June 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230276574

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface & Acknowledgements
PART I: INTRODUCTION: BERLIN AND THE BORDERED CONDITION
The Berlin Paradigm
Berlin's Frontier City Legacy
Border Lands in the New Europe
PART II: AFTERLIVES OF THE WALL: REFLECTIONS AND DEFLECTIONS
Agency at the Wall
Post-Wall Resurrections
Alternative Border Zones in Berlin
PART III: GERMAN GEOMANCY: POWER AND PLANNING IN BERLIN
The Shaping of Axial Berlin
Nazi (Ger-)Mania
Continuity and Discontinuity in Planning Postwar and Post-Wall Berlin
PART IV: HOLOCAUST DIVIDES: MEMORIAL ARCHITECTURE IN BERLIN
Countermonument and Catastrophe
Eisenman's Cement Graveyard
Siting the Holocaust in Libeskind's Jewish Museum
PART V: REBRANDING BERLIN: GLOBAL CITY STRATEGIES FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Berlin Borders – New Global City Orders
Las Vegas on the Spree: The Americanization of the New Berlin
Building for Real in Virtual Berlin
Notes
Index

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"Post-Wall Berlin is not merely a failed boomtown, but also, as Janet Ward shows, the exemplary postmodern place where spectacular projects have failed to erase a painful history. There has been so much written on this fascinating city, and Janet Ward has read it all—so you don't have to. She transforms the story of post-Wall Berlin into an extended meditation on the meaning of urban life in our media age. Her fluent and intelligent analysis of architecture, memorials, and urban marketing gives us a cautiously optimistic vision for the much-maligned German capital. This book is an intellectual feast for anyone interested in Berlin, global cities, or the search for identity in a virtual world."-- Brian Ladd, University at Albany and author of The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape  "With theoretical sophistication and a keen eye for detail, Janet Ward deftly guides readers through Berlin's endlessly fascinating spaces, illuminating their origins and assessing their significance with admirable thoroughness. Post-Wall Berlin is a learned and impressive work that does much to clarify the liminality at the core of Berlin's identity."-- Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, Fairfield University and author of Munich and Memory: Architecture, Monuments, and the Legacy of the Third Reich "Post-Wall Berlin is imaginative, provocative, and thoroughly engaging. Based on extensive knowledge of the scholarship and theory in multiple fields–including urban and planning history, architecture, cultural and visual studies, and fiction–Ward elucidates more than a century of efforts to define and redefine Berlin’s identity. The Wall, and the voids it left, forms but one part of this story."-- Jeffry M. Diefendorf, University of New Hampshire and author of In the Wake of War: The Reconstruction of German Cities after World War II