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Divided, But Not Disconnected: German Experiences of the Cold War

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Divided, But Not Disconnected

German Experiences of the Cold War

Edited by Tobias Hochscherf, Christoph Laucht, and Andrew Plowman

276 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-751-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2010)

ISBN  978-1-78238-099-3 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (July 2013)

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“[A] timely and important contribution to the current scholarship on the Cold War and the critical reassessment of Cold War history within an interdisciplinary, comparative, and transnational framework…The editors are to be commended for promoting a comparative perspective in the individual essays themselves and through the thoughtful selection of topics from East and West German perspectives.”  ·  Sabine Hake, University of Texas, Austin


The Allied agreement after the Second World War did not only partition Germany, it divided the nation along the fault-lines of a new bipolar world order. This inner border made Germany a unique place to experience the Cold War, and the “German question” in this post-1945 variant remained inextricably entwined with the vicissitudes of the Cold War until its end. This volume explores how social and cultural practices in both German states between 1949 and 1989 were shaped by the existence of this inner border, putting them on opposing sides of the ideological divide between the Western and Eastern blocs, as well as stabilizing relations between them. This volume’s interdisciplinary approach addresses important intersections between history, politics, and culture, offering an important new appraisal of the German experiences of the Cold War.

Tobias Hochscherf is Professor of Audio-Visual Media at the University of Applied Sciences at Kiel, Germany. His research interests focus on European film and television cultures. He is author of The Continental Connection: German-speaking Émigrés and British Cinema, 1927-45 (Manchester UP, 2011) and has published widely in academic journals and edited collections.

Christoph Laucht is Lecturer in 20th Century British History at the University of Leeds. His research interests include the cultural history of the nuclear age, the transnational history of the Cold War and film and history. He is author of Elemental Germans: Klaus Fuchs, Rudolf Peierls and the Making of British Nuclear Culture 1939-59 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and has widely published on British and American nuclear history, Cold War history and film and history.

Andrew Plowman is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of a study on German autobiography and of numerous articles on contemporary German literature. His current research focuses on the cultural representation of the Bundeswehr.

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Germany


List of Abbreviations

Tobias Hochscherf, Christoph Laucht and Andrew Plowman

Chapter 1. Divided, but not Disconnected: Germany as a Border Region of the Cold War
Thomas Lindenberger

Chapter 2. Fighting the First World War in the Cold War: East and West German Historiography on the Origins of the First World War, 1949-61
Matthew Stibbe

Chapter 3. Divided Memory of the Holocaust during the Cold War
Bill Niven

Chapter 4. Commemorating Luther: Contested Memories and the Cold War
Jon Berndt Olsen

Chapter 5. The Third World Origins of the Consensual Turn: West German Labor Internationalism and the Cold War
Quinn Slobodian

Chapter 6. The German Question and Polish-East German Relations, 1945-1962
Sheldon Anderson

Chapter 7. From Bulwark of Peace to Cosmopolitan Cocktails: Marketing West Berlin as a Cold War Showcase from the 1960s to the 1970s
Michelle A. Standley

Chapter 8. Projections of History: East German Film-Makers and the Berlin Wall
Séan Allan

Chapter 9. Defending the Border? Satirical Treatments of the Bundeswehr after the 1960s
Andrew Plowman

Chapter 10. East versus West: Olympic Sport as a German Cold War Phenomenon
Christopher Young

Chapter 11. Glimpses through the Iron Curtain: German Feature Film Import into the G.D.R.
Rosemary Stott

Chapter 12. Visual Representation, the Male Hero, and the Transfer of Images in the Cold War
Inge Marszolek

Chapter 13. Re-enacting the First Battle of the Cold War: Post-Wall German Television Confronts the Berlin Airlift in Die Luftbrücke – Nur der Himmel war frei
Tobias Hochscherf and Christoph Laucht

Chapter 14. Unusual Censor Readings: G.D.R. Science Fiction and the Ministry of Culture
Patrick Major

Chapter 15. Funerals in Berlin: The Geopolitical and Cultural Spaces of the Cold War
James Chapman

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