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Risen from Ruins: The Cultural Politics of Rebuilding East Berlin

Paul Stangl


This book examines city building in East Berlin from the end of World War II on May 8, 1945, until the construction of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961—a period of great interest in reshaping the city to express new political ideals. It examines how key decision-makers were influenced by their worldview and political ideology; beliefs about the relationship between urban form and society including formal theories; political strategizing at municipal, national, and international levels; and assessments concerning the deployment of limited resources. The book emphasizes how extant discourses a ... More

Keywords: Berlin, planning, architecture, memorials, urban landscape, memory, cultural politics, German Democratic Republic, socialist realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781503603202
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503603202.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Stangl, author
Western Washington University