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Post-wall Berlin : borders, space and identity /
Janet Ward.
imprint
Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
description
xix, 405 p. : ill.
ISBN
0230276571 (hardback), 9780230276574 (hardback)
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imprint
Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
isbn
0230276571 (hardback)
9780230276574 (hardback)
contents note
Machine generated contents note: -- 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.
abstract
"Written by a leading historian of urban visual culture, Janet Ward's Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identity demonstrates how the reunified German capital, in its bid to overcome its legacy of Cold-War division, has faced many new frontiers and boundaries on social, economic, architectural and infrastructural levels"--
catalogue key
7673558
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 347-385) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
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 Cultural Practices in Europe. She has published a wide range of interdisciplinary work in edited collections and journals such as New German Critique, Journal of Visual Culture, Screen, and History and Technology. Her current project is a comparative study of urban destruction and reconstruction.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2012-02-01:
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall, Ward (Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas) revisits the intense interaction of culture, politics, and intellectual discourse characterizing Berlin's modern history. Focusing largely on the post-wall period, he explores how Berlin exploded as a center of dynamic life and commerce. The Berlin Wall, Ward argues, retains a distinct place in the German consciousness as a border, but one that city planners and politicians clearly intend to eradicate, as is evident, for example, in the rebuilding of the Potsdamer Platz and the shift back into old Berlin. Similarly, Christo's 1995 draping of the Reichstag suggested a somewhat lighthearted and culturally inspired new Berlin. Berlin's Holocaust Memorial anchors the historical relevance of Berlin, Germany, and the Germans in Hitler's Final Solution. On the other hand, Ward insists Berlin's borders and divisions continue to find an active resonance in cultural-intellectual discourse visibly evident in its continued architectural evolution. Berlin remains challenged by less palatable reminders. For example, the Topography of Terror exhibit literally rests beside another famous building associated with architect Walter Gropius. East-West sociocultural divisions continue to plague the political discourse, and unique East German traffic lights have become political symbols. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. A. Meier Dickinson State University
Reviews
Review Quotes
'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, 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, 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, author of In the Wake of War: The Reconstruction of German Cities after World War II
'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, USA '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, USA ' 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, USA
'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, USA '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, USA ' 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, USA
"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 allso 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 "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 " Post-Wall Berlin is imaginative, provocative, and thoroughly engaging. Based on extensive knowledge of the scholarship and theory in multiple fieldsincluding urban and planning history, architecture, cultural and visual studies, and fictionWard 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
“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 “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 Berlinis a learned and impressive work that does much to clarify the liminality at the core of Berlin’s identity.” - Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, Fairfield University “Post-Wall Berlinis 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
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Summaries
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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 globalisation, the new Europe, urban preservation and 'memory sites'.
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This book demonstrates how Berlin, in its bid to overcome its legacy of Cold-War division, has faced many new frontiers and boundaries on social, economic, architectural and infrastructural levels
Long Description
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.
Long Description
Theoretically expansive yet historically well-grounded, Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identity offers a provocative lens through which to view this city's latest self-reinvention. Presenting a new, 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 powerful reassessment of the modern and postmodern urban condition.
Main Description
Theoretically expansive yet historically well-grounded,Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identityoffers 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.
Main Description
Written by a leading historian of urban visual culture, Janet Ward's Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identity demonstrates how the reunified German capital, in its bid to overcome its legacy of Cold-War division, has faced many new frontiers and boundaries on social, economic, architectural and infrastructural levels.
Main Description
Written by a leading historian of urban visual culture, Janet Ward’s Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identitydemonstrates how the reunified German capital, in its bid to overcome its legacy of Cold-War division, has faced many new frontiers and boundaries on social, economic, architectural and infrastructural levels.
Table of Contents
Figures and Sourcesp. viii
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Berlin and the Bordered Conditionp. 1
The Berlin Paradigmp. 3
Berlin's Frontier City Legacyp. 26
Border Lands in the New Europep. 41
Afterlives of the Wall: Reflections and Deflectionsp. 57
Agency at the Wallp. 59
Post-Wall Resurrectionsp. 95
Alternative Border Zones in Berlinp. 118
German Geomancy: Power and Planning in Berlinp. 147
World City Planning in Weimar Berlinp. 149
Nazi (Ger)Maniap. 169
Re-Centering Postwar and Post-Wall Berlinp. 190
Holocaust Divides: Memorial Architecture in Berlinp. 221
Countermonument and Catastrophep. 223
Eisenman's Cement Graveyardp. 239
Siting the Holocaust in Libeskind's Jewish Museump. 260
Rebranding Berlin: Global City Strategies for the Twenty-First Centuryp. 277
Berlin Borders - New Global City Ordersp. 279
Las Vegas on the Spree: The Americanization of the New Berlinp. 298
Building for Real in Virtual Berlinp. 328
Selected Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 386
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