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Burned Bridge: How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
The building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 shocked the world. Ever since, the image of this impenetrable barrier between East and West, imposed by communism, has been a central symbol of the Cold War.
Based on vast research in untapped archival, oral, and private sources, Burned Bridge reveals the hidden origins of the Iron Curtain, presenting it in a startling new light. His
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Hardcover, 357 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2011)
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Michael Williams
Nov 23, 2012 Michael Williams rated it liked it
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Edith Sheffer’s Burned Bridge: How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain is an ambitious work of social history that complicates post-war German history and the history of the Cold War. Sheffer does so by studying the iron curtain in Germany under the paradigm of border history. Thus, rather than rehash the well known tale of the Berlin Wall and the events surrounding its construction and fall, Sheffer focuses her attention on the interactions of two small towns in central Germany: Neustad ...more
Kayci
Nov 13, 2012 Kayci rated it really liked it
Very good read and well devised narrative. Some of its argumentative weaknesses can be attributed to the fact that it began as a Ph.D. thesis, written by a "brand new" historian. In light of this fact, it is actually fantastic. She describes the gradual development of a "mental" border in the minds of East and West Germans, and how this border was in many ways more powerful than the physical boundary that is so well known. Rather than focusing on Berlin, her story concerns the German towns of Ne ...more
Cynthia
It's clear that the residents of the two towns at Burned Bridge made each other's lives difficult before the construction of the wall between them, but Sheffer could possibly have better supported her thesis that it was the case afterwards, as well. Otherwise a thorough and well-researched Alltagsgeschichte, written in an engaging and straightforward tone.
dr daniele moro
Feb 05, 2015 dr daniele moro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to understand what a border means

A really interesting study . From two local communities' fate a clear analysis of how a border keeps people united and divided. It goes well beyond the drama of Cold War Germany.
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