The Power of Intellectuals in Contemporary Germany
By: Michael Geyer (editor)Hardback
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A decade after reunification, with Germany laboring to define a new national identity, the defunct German Democratic Republic has gained a second life in the pages of history. The former GDR, and particularly the fate of its intellectuals, has become the subject of novels, memoirs, and films, and it has also become the backdrop for general debates over the power of intellectuals in contemporary media and society. This new collection of essays considers the demise of the GDR and its impact on the place of intellectuals in Germany today. Distinguished contributors from Germany, Austria, and the United States survey aspects of high and low culture, including the current nostalgia for East German film, the demise of the GDR rock scene, the pivotal role of East German poets, the consolidation and privatization of German media, and the frightening new resurgence of right-wing violence. The result is a timely volume that charts Germany's rocky transition from one world to another. Contributors: Mitchell G. AshSimone BarckDavid BathrickJohn BornemanDorothea DornhofMichael GeyerAndreas GrafDietrich HohmannAndreas HuyssenKonrad JarauschAlexander KlugeLoren KrugerMartina LangermannSiegfried LokatisPatricia Anne SimpsonFrank TrommlerKatie Trumpener
Michael Geyer is a professor of contemporary European history at the University of Chicago. He is the author of "Deutsche Rustungspolitik, 1860-1980" and "Aufrustung oder Sicherheit: Die Reichswehr in der Krise der Machtpolitik, 1924-1936," as well as coeditor of "Resistance Against the Third Reich, 1933-1990.""
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