BOOKS RECEIVED: Jon Berndt Olsen, “Tailoring Truth: Politicizing the Past and Negotiating Memory in East Germany, 1945-1990” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
By looking at state-sponsored memory projects, such as memorials, commemorations, and historical museums, this book reveals that the East German communist regime obsessively monitored and attempted to control public representations of the past to legitimize its rule. It demonstrates that… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Philipp Ther, “The Dark Side of Nation-States: Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe” (Berghahn, 2016)
Why was there such a far-reaching consensus concerning the utopian goal of national homogeneity in the first half of the twentieth century? Ethnic cleansing is analyzed here as a result of the formation of democratic nation-states, the international order based… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Leslie Topp, “Freedom and the Cage: Modern Architecture and Psychiatry in Central Europe, 1890-1914″ (Penn State UP, 2017) ” (Penn State UP
Spurred by ideals of individual liberty that took hold in the Western world in the late nineteenth century, psychiatrists and public officials sought to reinvent asylums as large-scale, totally designed institutions that offered a level of freedom and normality impossible… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Malte Hagener, “The Emergence of Film Culture: Knowledge Production, Institution Building, and the Fate of the Avant-garde in Europe, 1919-1945” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books Between the two world wars, a distinct and vibrant film culture emerged in Europe. Film festivals and schools were established; film theory and history was written that took cinema seriously as an art form; and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Ignacy Potocki, “Remarks on Architecture: The Vitruvian Tradition in Enlightenment Poland” (Penn State UP, 2015)
At the end of the eighteenth century, the authors of Poland’s 3 May 1791 Constitution became the heirs to a defunct state whose territory had been partitioned by Russia, Prussia, and Austria. At this moment of intensive national postmortem, Ignacy… Read More
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