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dc.contributor.authorHopper, Clair
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-24T00:11:03Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-24T00:11:03Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Hopper, Clair. "Ostalgie: A Quiet Cultural Politic." (2017) Rice University: https://hdl.handle.net/1911/93988.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/93988
dc.description Submission to the Friends of Fondren Library Graduate Research Awards, 2017.
dc.description This paper was originally prepared for Course HIST 459 (Fall 2016): Topics in Modern German History, given by Professor Dr. Caldwell, Department of History.
dc.description.abstract This paper concerns Ostalgie, or nostalgia for the former East German state in 2007-2010. During those years, many Germans (primarily Ossis, or ex-citizens of the former GDR) valorized material goods from the years before the Berlin Wall fell. Ostalgie became a widespread cultural movement: movies about the GDR became top-grossing, food and household products from the “good old days” of the command economy became popular, and popular journalism outlets like Der Spiegel examined the seemingly bizarre phenomenon quite regularly. Though the phenomenon was widespread, not all reactions to it were positive. While Ostalgie participants saw their actions as healthy connections to German history and national identity, critics decried Ostalgie as dismissive or accepting of a criminal political regime.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Rice University
dc.rights This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
dc.subjectHistory
dc.title Ostalgie: A Quiet Cultural Politic
dc.identifier.digital Hopper
dc.type.genre Research paper
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