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The Resource Life among the ruins : cityscape and sexuality in Cold War Berlin, Jennifer V. Evans

Life among the ruins : cityscape and sexuality in Cold War Berlin, Jennifer V. Evans

Label
Life among the ruins : cityscape and sexuality in Cold War Berlin
Title
Life among the ruins
Title remainder
cityscape and sexuality in Cold War Berlin
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer V. Evans
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • As home to 1920s excess and Hitler's Final Solution, Berlin's physical and symbolic landscape was an important staging ground for the highs and lows of modernity. In Cold War Berlin, social and political boundaries were porous, and the rubble gave refuge to a re-emerging gay and lesbian scene, youth gangs, prostitutes, hoods, and hustlers.
  • 'From mothers sheltering in bunkers, children playing in the ruins, and rent boys plying their trade at train stations, to teenagers courting at the Wannsee, Jennifer Evans brings the experiences of Berliners alive. This is a fascinating book, which should be read by all those with an interest in the social history of the early Cold War.' - Josie McLellan, University of Bristol, UK 'A compelling and imaginative experiment in joining the history of urban space with the histories of social deviance and cultural reconstruction, Evans' book provides a richly detailed portrait of a radically dislocated world.' - Dagmar Herzog, author of Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century History
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Evans, Jennifer V.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Genders and sexualities in history series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sex customs
  • Sexual ethics
  • Sex role
  • Prostitution
  • Civil society
  • Berlin (Germany)
  • Berlin (Germany)
Summary expansion
As home to 1920s debauchery and excess and Hitler's Final Solution, Berlin's physical and symbolic landscape was an important staging ground for the highs and lows of modernity. Life among the Ruins asks how postwar attempts to rebuild infrastructure and identity necessitated an engagement with past practices set in motion long before 1945. Berliners were forced to adapt swiftly to changing historical circumstances. City spaces could be enabling as well as restrictive, sites of danger and desire, places of crime and adventure. As expats, soldiers, visitors, and citizens navigated the ruined urban landscape in search of what once was, they discovered signs of destruction but also signs of life. Although a symbol of defeat and destruction, the rubble gave refuge to a reemerging gay and lesbian scene, while youth gangs, prostitutes, hoods, and hustlers sought shelter and community there. As a metaphor for a modernity both feared and desired, the book questions what became of this history in the years leading up to the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 when Cold War confrontation meant the city continued to occupy a unique place in 20th century European history
Label
Life among the ruins : cityscape and sexuality in Cold War Berlin, Jennifer V. Evans
Link
https://opac.eui.eu/client/en_GB/default/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:384465/one
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- The cellar and the bunker -- The street -- The train station -- Bars, cafés, clubs -- Home -- Conclusion : borders and boundaries
Control code
FIEb17317617
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 317 pages
Isbn
9780230202016
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (DLC) 2011013743
  • (OCoLC)711777347
Label
Life among the ruins : cityscape and sexuality in Cold War Berlin, Jennifer V. Evans
Link
https://opac.eui.eu/client/en_GB/default/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:384465/one
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- The cellar and the bunker -- The street -- The train station -- Bars, cafés, clubs -- Home -- Conclusion : borders and boundaries
Control code
FIEb17317617
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 317 pages
Isbn
9780230202016
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (DLC) 2011013743
  • (OCoLC)711777347

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