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The Miracle Years:
A Cultural History of West Germany, 1949-1968
Edited by Hanna Schissler

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

PREFACE xi
INTRODUCTION: Writing about 1950s West Germany by Hanna Schissler 3
PART ONE: THE WEIGHT OF THE PAST, NEW BEGINNINGS, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF NATIONAL MEMORY 17
Introduction 19
CHAPTER ONE: The Hour of the Woman: Memories of Germany's "Crisis Years" and West German National Identity by Elizabeth Heineman 21
CHAPTER TWO: Survivors of Totalitarianism: Returning POWs and the Reconstruction of Masculine Citizenship in West Germany, 1945-1955 by Frank Biess 57
CHAPTER THREE: Remembering the War in a Nation of Victims: West German Pasts in the 1950s by Robert G. Moeller 83
CHAPTER FOUR: Mission to Happiness: The Cohort of 1949 and the Making of East and West Germans by Dorothee Wierling 110
PART TWO: STIGMA: "OTHERS" IN THE SHAPING OF WEST GERMANY 127
Introduction 129
CHAPTER FIVE: An Uneasy Existence: Jewish Survivors in Germany after 1945 by Juliane Wetzel 131
CHAPTER SIX: Heimat in Turmoil: African-American GIs in 1950s West Germany by Maria Hohn 145
CHAPTER SEVEN: Of German Mothers and "Negermischlingskinder": Race, Sex, and the Postwar Nation by Heide Fehrenbach 164
CHAPTER EIGHT: Guest Workers and Policy on Guest Workers in the Federal Republic: From the Beginning of Recruitment in 1955 until its Halt in 1973 by Ulrich Herbert and Karin Hunn 187
CHAPTER NINE: The Ever-Present Other: Communism in the Making of West Germany by Eric D. Weitz 219
PART THREE: THE PRESENCE OF THE ABSENT 233
Introduction 235
CHAPTER TEN: "Normalization" in the West: Traces of Memory Leading Back into the 1950s by Lutz Niethammer 237
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Film in the 1950s: Passing Images of Guilt and Responsibility by Frank Stern 266
CHAPTER TWELVE: Memory and Commerce, Gender and Restoration: Wolfgang Staudte's Roses for the State Prosecutor (1959) and West German Film in the 1950s by Richard McCormick 281
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Creating a Cocoon of Public Acquiescence: The Author-Reader Relationship in Postwar German Literature by Frank Trommler 301
PART FOUR: THE EMERGENCE OF CIVIL SOCIETY, MODERNITY'S CLAIMS AND LIMITS 321
Introduction 323
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Recasting Bourgeois Germany by Volker R. Berghahn 326
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: 16 From Starvation to Excess? Trends in the Consumer Society from the 1940s to the 1970s by Arnold Sywottek 341
CHAPTER SIXTEEN: "Normalization" as Project: Some Thoughts on Gender Relations in West Germany during the 1950s by Hanna Schissler 359
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: Cold War Angst: The Case of West-German Opposition to Rearmament and Nuclear Weapons by Michael Geyer 376
PART FIVE: THE AMBIGUITY OF AMERICAN INFLUENCES, POPULAR CULTURE AND THE BREAKING OF "HIGH CULTURE'S" HEGEMONY 409
Introduction 411
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: A New, "Western" Hero? Reconstructing German Masculinity in the 1950s by Uta G. Poiger 412
CHAPTER NINETEEN: Establishing Cultural Democracy: Youth, "Americanization," and the Irresistible Rise of Popular Culture by Kaspar Maase 428
CHAPTER TWENTY: The "Miracle" of the Political-Culture Shift: Democratization Between Americanization and Conservative Reintegration by Diethelm Prowe 451
EPILOGUE: Rebels in Search of a Cause by Hanna Schissler 459
SELECTED READINGS 469
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE 479
INDEX 487

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