- De wondere wereld van West-Berlijn: van de symbolische hoofdstad tot de 'Schande van Schöneberg'
- Volume | Issue number
- 7 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR)
This article explores the autonomous culture of West Berlin. It argues that the distance from West Germany to the little island of Berlin was considerable, not only topographically, but culturally and politically as well. During the Cold War, West Germany claimed Berlin to be the natural capital of the undivided German nation. From the 1970s onwards, however, a growing gap occurred between this official mission and the everyday life in the isolated half city, with its alternative scene and its many subcultures. The article exemplifies this tension by interpreting the events following the fall of the Wall in 1989 as a clash of cultures - not only between West and East, but also between Bonn and West Berlin.
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