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Kennedy in Berlin

Politics and Culture in the Cold War

Andreas W. Daum

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Andreas W. Daum tells the story of a transatlantic relationship that culminated in one of the most spectacular political events of the twentieth century. He describes the visit of U.S. President John F. Kennedy to Berlin in 1963, which drew hundreds of thousands of spectators and led to an outburst of emotions. Daum uses this event as a window that allows new insights into the era of the Cold War, the nature of transatlantic relations, and the interplay of diplomacy and culture in the twentieth century. He also solves the many puzzles and myths surrounding Kennedy's famous line "Ich bin ein Berliner." This book focuses on the character of politics as a performance that needs to convince its audience. It demonstrates that diplomatic considerations and strategic rationale, on one hand, and symbolic politics, emotional approval, and historical experiences, on the other, are closely intertwined in the modern era.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 318
Erscheinungsdatum 11.01.2020
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-521-67497-3
Verlag Cambridge University Press
Maße (L/B/H) 22,9/16,3/1,7 cm
Gewicht 491 g


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  • Introduction; 1. The emerging plot; 2. The script and the staging; 3. Dramatic climax; 4. After the final curtain; 5. The show goes on; 6. "A comet of promise passing through our country"; Appendix: Ich bin ein Berliner: John F. Kennedy's speech at Schoneberg City Hall, June 26, 1963; Bibliography.