Dresden: Paradoxes of Memory in History (Studies in by Elizabeth A. Ten Dyke

By Elizabeth A. Ten Dyke

The cave in of the German Democratic Republic triggered the East Germans to confront their own, cultural and foreign earlier. This examine of the 'Wende' - the flip of occasions in 1989 - relies on ethnographic and anthropological learn performed within the early Nineties. Liz Ten Dyke has constructed a finely nuanced portrait of the town and its citizens as they have been stuck up within the monetary, political and social turmoil that characterised the speedy post-socialist interval.
By weaving jointly scholarly examine, oral historical past, and "ethnographic tours" or narratives of salient reports, this publication makes a huge contribution to the research of social elements of the prior. relocating past paradigms almost immediately shaping the examine of reminiscence, it information the paradoxes and contradictions inherent in remembering, making appear the hyperlink among such contradictions and bigger symbolic and political-economic contexts. during this method, the writer situates the research of reminiscence in historical past and exhibits that it's the mutability of reminiscence, in conjuction with the uncertainty of background, that render the previous a dynamic and robust strength in human society.

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