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[Book Review:] Structures of Memory: Understanding Urban Change in Berlin and Beyond, by Jennifer A. Jordan. California: Stanford University Press, 2006 and The New Berlin: Memory, Politics, Place, by Karen E. Till. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005

Schönig, Barbara

The memorial landscape which emerged in Berlin after 1989 has been widely observed by the national and international public as well as by scholars from various disciplines. The reason is obvious: After 1990, German society had to develop a new identity, that of the “Berliner Republik.” Because memorials have an important impact on the so-called Funktionsgedächtnis (Assmann 1999; i.e., the part of collective memory that shapes the identity of a society), the urban environment of Berlin was both a motor and a product of the formation of this new identity. In their respective books, Jennifer Jordan and Karen Till examine the preconditions and forces that have produced the urban memorial landscape in Berlin.
Published in: Urban Affairs Review, 10.1177/1078087407300892, SAGE Publications
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