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The occasions of 1989 and German unification have been seismic old moments. even if 1989 looked as if it would represent a therapeutic of the war-torn historical past of the 20th century, unification posed the query of German cultural identification afresh. Politicians, historians, writers, filmmakers, architects, and the broader public engaged in 'memory contests' over such questions because the legitimacy of different biographies, West German hegemony, and the normalization of German background. This dynamic and contested - and nonetheless ongoing - transformation of German cultural id is the subject of this quantity of latest essays by means of students from the uk, Germany, the U.S., and Ireland.It explores German cultural identification when it comes to various disciplines together with heritage, movie reviews, architectural background, literary feedback, reminiscence stories, and anthropology, keeping off a homogenized interpretation. Charting the advanced and sometimes contradictory methods of cultural identification formation, the amount unearths the numerous responses that proceed to accompany the venture of unification. individuals: Pertti Ahonen, Aleida Assmann, Elizabeth Boa, Peter Fritzsche, Anne Fuchs, Deniz Göktürk, Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Anja okay. Johannsen, Jennifer A. Jordan, Jürgen Paul, Linda Shortt, Andrew J. Webber.

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Kennan, The Decline of Bismarck’s European Order (Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1979); Wolfgang J. Mommsen, Die Urkatastrophe Deutschlands: Der Erste Weltkrieg, 1914–1918 (Stuttgart: Klett, 2002). 18 Tim Judah, The Serbs: History, Myth, and the Destruction of Yugoslavia (New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1997), 15, 65; Roger Cohen, Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo (New York: Random House, 1998), xvi; Marcus Tanner, Croatia: A Nation Forged in War (New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1997). 19 See Tony Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (New York: Random House, 2005).

Müller, who had actively participated in the subsequent Western cover-up campaign that falsely blamed the guard’s death on his GDR UNITY ON TRIAL 43 colleagues, was charged with murder but ultimately convicted of manslaughter. 49 Neither the prosecution nor the defense was entirely happy with this outcome, but the trial had at least provided an opportunity to inspect a human tragedy at the Wall from a perspective diametrically opposed to the prevailing norm, underscoring the judicial authorities’ intent to examine the violent legacies of national division in a reasonably balanced fashion.

Inclusion rather than exclusion was the governing principle of changing conceptions of the parameters of Europe. Right after 1989 there were many observers who assumed that Western Europe would rebuild all sorts of walls to keep eastern Europeans out; then in the early 1990s, certain “Mitteleuropa” (central European) cousins, first in Hungary, then in Poland, and in the Baltic states, were allowed onto the cognitive map, with experts assuming the “Balkanization” of southeastern Europe. Yet Bulgaria and Romania have been in the European Union since the beginning of 2007.

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