Synopses & Reviews
All too often, urban studies scholars have approached transnationalism as a zero-sum game in which localities, regionalities, and nationalities are suppressed in favor of a globalized set of identities. At least in the German case, however, globalization has if anything reinvigorated localism, with local and regional identities exhibiting far more continuity than the multiply disrupted national space. As this marvelously varied collection demonstrates, the urban environment has become a site of "translocal" re-territorialization in which actors do not entrench themselves in opposition to globalization, but practice a dialectical adaptation. Bringing together scholars from anthropology, architecture, cultural studies, history, and urban planning, this volume offers empirically and theoretically rich essays to help deflate myths about the presumed dissolution of the urban environment's multiple particularities. Together they conceptually reconfigure the German city to reveal a transnational set of processes intermingled within the local, regional, and national spheres.
About the Author
Jeffry M. Diefendorf is the Pamela Shulman Professor of European and Holocaust Studies and Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, USA. He is the author of In the Wake of War: The Reconstruction of German Cities after World War II
and coeditor of Rebuilding Urban Japan after 1945
Janet Ward is Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, USA. Her recent books include Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identity and the coedited Walls, Borders, Boundaries: Spatial and Cultural Practices in Europe.
Table of Contents
PART I: CONTESTED GERMAN URBAN PUBLICS1. Enlightenment in the European City: Rethinking German Urbanism and the Public Sphere; Daniel Purdy2. Posen or Poznan, Rathaus or Ratusz: Nationalizing the Cityscape in the German-Polish Borderland; Elizabeth Drummond3. Inclusion and Segregation in Berlin, the "Social City"; Stephan Lanz4. Wild Barbecuing: Urban Citizenship and the Politics of (Trans-)Nationality in Berlin's Tiergarten; Bettina Stoetzer PART II: CROSSING BOUNDARIES IN MODERN GERMAN PLANNING5. Transnational Dimensions of German Anti-Modern Modernism: Ernst May in Breslau; Deborah Ascher Barnstone6. Was There an Ideal Socialist City? Socialist New Towns as Modern Dreamscape; Rosemary Wakeman7. Housing as Transnational Provocation in Cold War Berlin; Greg Castillo8. Transatlantic Crossings of Planning Ideas: The Neighborhood Unit in the USA, UK, and Germany; Dirk Schubert PART III: CITY CULTURES AND THE GERMAN (TRANS)NATIONAL IMAGINARY9. Princes and Fools, Parades and Wild Women: Creating, Performing, and Preserving Urban Identity through Carnival in Cologne and Basel; Jeffry M. Diefendorf10. The Local, the National-and the Transnational? Spatial Dimensions in Hamburg's Memory of World War I during the Weimar Republic; Janina Fuge11. From the American West to West Berlin: Wim Wenders, Border Crossings, and the Transnational Imaginary; Nicole Huber and Ralph Stern PART IV: GERMAN URBAN HERITAGE FOR A (TRANS)NATIONAL ERA12. Post-Post-War Re-Construction of a Destroyed Heimat: Perspectives on German Discourse and Practice; Grischa Bertram and Friedhelm Fischer13. Berlin's Museum Island: Marketing National Heritage in the Age of Globalization; Tracy Graves14. The Historic Preservation Fallacy? Transnational Culture, Urban Identity, and Monumental Architecture in Berlin and Dresden; John V. Maciuika