New PDF release: An Archaeology of the Iron Curtain: Material and Metaphor

By Anna McWilliams

ISBN-10: 9186069780

ISBN-13: 9789186069780

The Iron Curtain used to be obvious because the divider among East and West in chilly struggle Europe. The time period refers to a fabric fact however it can be a metaphor; a metaphor that has develop into so robust that it has a tendency to mark our ancient knowing of the interval. during the archaeological examine of 3 parts that may be thought of a part of the previous Iron Curtain, the Czech-Austrian border, the Italian-Slovenian border and the Berlin Wall, this examine investigates the connection among the cloth and the metaphor of the Iron Curtain.

“This paintings falls inside of what's frequently known as modern archaeology, a pretty younger sub-discipline of archaeology. Few huge learn initiatives have thus far been released, and techniques were defined as nonetheless just a little experimental. throughout the fieldwork it's been attainable to recognize and spotlight the issues and possibilities inside modern archaeology. It has turn into transparent how the fabrics stretch either via time and position demonstrating the advanced technique of how the cloth that archaeologists examine may be created.”

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This would have been impossible or at least highly inappropriate for a film produced during the wall’s existence and this was criticised by, for example, the news magazine Der Spiegel, which was critical of the nostalgia for former East Germany presented in the film and also thought it was uncritical of the former GDR government (Wellershoff 1999). Despite this criticism the film became hugely popular. This is connected to what has become known to ostalgi which is often explained as nostalgia about the former East Germany, which developed during the 1990s.

The ‘enemy facing’ wall The wall facing West Berlin, the so called ‘enemy facing wall’ is often what people refer to when they speak about the Wall. As large parts of this wall were removed during 1990–1991 there is little left to indicate exactly where the wall was located although some traces have been recorded (Klausmeier and Schmidt 2004:122) and in places only the foundations remain (Klausmeier and Schmidt 2004:127). In some sections it has therefore been recreated such as within the centre of Berlin where a cobble stone line on the ground indicates its route in a way that does not obstruct or limit movement around it.

The girl in the photo had blond hair while the East German girl who was going to use the passport had really dark hair. We had little time so we had to improvise and covered her hair in flour to make it lighter. ” She laughs at the story now but remember it being frightening at the time.

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