BOOKS RECEIVED: Keith Hart, ed., “Economy for and Against Democracy” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Political constitutions alone do not guarantee democracy; a degree of economic equality is also essential. Yet contemporary economies, dominated as they are by global finance and political rent-seekers, often block the realization of democracy.… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Christian Wicke, “Helmut Kohl’s Quest for Normality: His Representation of the German Nation and Himself ” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley During his political career, Helmut Kohl used his own life story to promote a normalization of German nationalism and to overcome the stigma of the Nazi period. In the context of the cold war… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Quinn Slobodian, “Comrades of Color: East Germany in the Cold War World” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley In keeping with the tenets of socialist internationalism, the political culture of the German Democratic Republic strongly emphasized solidarity with the non-white world: children sent telegrams to Angela Davis in prison, workers made contributions… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Renate Bridenthal, ed., “The Hidden History of Crime, Corruption, and States” (Berghahn, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Renowned historical sociologist Charles Tilly wrote many years ago that “banditry, piracy, gangland rivalry, policing, and war-making all belong on the same continuum.” This volume pursues the idea by revealing how lawbreakers and lawmakers… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Jon Berndt Olsen, “Tailoring Truth: Politicizing the Past and Negotiating Memory in East Germany, 1945-1990” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley 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… Read More
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