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Divided Dreamworlds?

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Book Series: Studies of the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation ISBN: 9789089644367 Year: Pages: 248 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_425211 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: History
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While the divide between capitalism and communism, embodied in the image of the Iron Curtain, seemed to be as wide and definitive as any cultural rift, Giles Scott-Smith, Joes Segal, and Peter Romijn have compiled a selection of essays on how culture contributed to the blurring of ideological boundaries between the East and the West. This important and diverse volume presents fascinating insights into the tensions, rivalries, and occasional cooperation between the two blocs, with essays that represent the cutting edge of Cold War Studies and analyze aesthetic preferences and cultural phenomena as various as interior design in East and West Germany; the Soviet stance on genetics; US cultural diplomacy during and after the Cold War; and the role of popular music as the universal cultural ambassador. An illuminating and wide-ranging survey of interrelated collective dreams from both sides of the Iron Curtain, Divided Dreamworlds? has a place on the bookshelf of any modern historian.

Europe - on Air

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Book Series: Technology and European History Series ISBN: 9789089644350 Year: Pages: 326 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_437367 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: History
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Radio broadcasting may seem old-fashioned nowadays, but early radio infrastructures and programs in Europe were the real social media of their time. They laid the foundation for how we experience European unification and global interconnectedness today. This timely volume takes you on a tour through the early days of broadcasting. Rarely studied sources from international organizations reveal a wide variety of new actors, activities, and debates that jointly shaped broadcasting and society institutions. These stories often remain underexposed in histories of technology, broadcasting, and Europe. Europe - on Air illustrates how people in broadcasting were debating issues ranging from institutionalizing radio to wireless and wired network construction. This book specifically acknowledges how the rivalries were solved between various systems like Radio Luxembourg and the International Broadcasting Union, the attempts to save Europe's civilization amid the chaos of war and peace, and the creation and distribution of truly international programs as early as 1926. The people involved in these transnational broadcasting efforts had some crucial decisions to make in order to actively contribute to European unification.

Vredehandel

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Book Series: Amsterdam Studies in the Dutch Golden Age ISBN: 9789089643773 Year: Pages: 348 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_437368 Language: Dutch;
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: History
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History, geography, and auxiliary disciplines

European Coasts of Bohemia

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Book Series: Technology and European History Series ISBN: 9789089645012 Year: Pages: 274 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_439096 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: History
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The Danube-Oder-Elbe Canal attracted a great deal of attention throughout the twentieth century. Its promoters, The Danube-Oder-Elbe Canal, attracted a great deal of attention throughout the twentieth century and defined it as a tool for integrating a divided Europe. Although the canal was situated almost exclusively on Czech territory, it promised to create an integrated waterway system across the Continent that would link Black Sea ports to Atlantic markets. In return, the landlocked Czechoslovakian state would have its own connections to the sea. Today, the canal is an important building block of the European Agreement on Main Inland Waterways. This book explains the crucial role that experts played in aligning national and transnational interests and infrastructure developments. It builds on recent investigations into the hidden integration of Europe as an outcome of transnational networking, system-building, and infrastructure development. The book analyzes the emergence of a transnational waterway expert network that continued to push for the development of the canal despite unfavorable political circumstances. The book shows how the experts adapted themselves to various political developments, such as the break-up of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, the rise of the Third Reich, and integration into the Soviet Bloc, while still managing to keep the Canal project on the map. This book provides a fascinating story of the experts who confronted and contributed to different and often conflicting geopolitical visions of Europe. The canal was never completed, yet what is more remarkable is the fact that the canal remained on various agendas and attracted vast resources throughout the twentieth century.

From Early Tang Court Debates to China's Peaceful Rise

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Book Series: ICAS Publications Series ISBN: 9789053567951 Year: Pages: 160 DOI: 10.5117/9789053567951 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- History
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This volume presents new topics from Chinese history of the last 1400 years from a broad range of fields such as politics, religion, society, economy and culture. The refreshing eight articles give new insights on events as different as the inter-religious court debates of the Tang, the Jiaqing reform of the Qing, the China display on the Chicago World Fair in 1893, Christianity and state-building in Chaozhou, the Taiwan salt trade, Chinese indentured labour in World War I in France, China's rise and current internet regulation. This book highlights the complexity of multi-level interaction of different agents in the center and periphery of China, inside and outside China, contributing to intellectual debates, political and social dynamics, economy structure, modernization, identity building and interaction with the outside.

Ethnic Constructs in Antiquity

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Book Series: Amsterdam Archaeological Studies ISBN: 9789089640789 Year: Pages: 368 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640789 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Sociology --- Archaeology --- History
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This volume explores the theme of ethnicity and ethnogenesis in societies of the ancient world. Its starting point is the current view in the social and historical sciences of ethnicity as a subjective construct that is shaped through interaction with an ethnic 'other'. The 13 essays collected in this volume are based on the analysis of historical, epigraphic and archaeological source material and thematically range from Archaic Greece to Early Mediaeval Western Europe. Despite frequent claims by ethnic groups to the contrary, all ethnic formations are intrinsically unstable and dynamic over time. Much of this dynamism is to be understood in close association with conflict, violence and changing constellations of power. The explicit theoretical framework, together with the wide range of case-studies makes this volume indispensable for historians, archaeologists and social scientists with an interest in the ancient world.

Strategic Affection?

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Book Series: Solidarity and Identity ISBN: 9789053568118 Year: Pages: 288 DOI: 10.5117/9789053568118 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Sociology --- History
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Gifts, from objects to hospitality and from poems to support, are a means of establishing and maintaining social ties. This study focuses on the nature of seventeenth- century Dutch social relations through the exchange of gifts by a wide range of individuals, from schoolmaster and artisan to poet and regent. Their gift-exchange behaviour is compared to contemporary gift exchange to show that both strategy and affection are necessary elements of social relations at any given time, and that what changes most is not the system but the discourse of exchange.

Erfgoed

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Book Series: Nederlandse begripsgeschiedenis ISBN: 9789053569122 Year: Pages: 336 DOI: 10.5117/9789053569122 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: History
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History, geography, and auxiliary disciplines; Culture and history

Material Fantasies

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Book Series: Technology and European History Series ISBN: 9789089644008 Year: Pages: 284 pag. DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_439098 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Anthropology --- History
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This study of East German fantasies of material abundance across the border, both before and after the fall of communism, shows the close and intricate relation between ideology and fantasy in upholding social life. In 1989, news broadcasts all over the world were dominated for weeks by images of East Germans crossing the Berlin Wall to West Germany. The images, representing the fall of communism and the democratic will of the people, also showed East Germans' excitement at finally being able to enter the western consumer paradise. But what exactly had they expected to find on the other side of the Wall? Why did they shed tears of joy when for the first time in their lives, they stepped inside West German shops? And why were they prepared to pay more than 10 percent of their average monthly wage for a pineapple? - http://www.aup.nl/do.php?a=process_visitor_download&editorial_id=3477 - >Download an excerpt. Drawing on fifteen months of research in the fast-changing post-communist East Germany, Veenis unravels the perennial truths about the interrelationships of fantasies of material wealth, personal fulfillment and social cohesion. She argues persuasively that the far-fetched socialist and capitalist promises of consumption as the road to ultimate well-being, the partial realization and partial corruption thereof, the implicit social and psychological interests underlying the politicized promises in both countries form the breeding ground for the development of materialist, cargo-cult-like fantasies, in which material well-being came to be seen as the place of - fulfillment and ultimate arrival - . Material Fantasies is published in the Technology and European History series. The series seeks to present scholarship about the role of technology in European history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For more information on the network, the Foundation for the History of Technology and the series, see: - http://www.tensionsofeurope.eu - >www.tensionsofeurope.eu.

Zingend door het leven

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Book Series: Amsterdamse Gouden Eeuwreeks ISBN: 9789089641465 Year: Pages: 184 DOI: 10.5117/9789089641465 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: History --- Music
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History, geography, and auxiliary disciplines; Music

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