Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany

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University of California Press, 2000 - History - 333 pages
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In the two decades after World War II, Germans on both sides of the iron curtain fought vehemently over American cultural imports. Uta G. Poiger traces how westerns, jeans, jazz, rock 'n' roll, and stars like Marlon Brando or Elvis Presley reached adolescents in both Germanies, who eagerly adopted the new styles. Poiger reveals that East and West German authorities deployed gender and racial norms to contain Americanized youth cultures in their own territories and to carry on the ideological Cold War battle with each other. Poiger's lively account is based on an impressive array of sources, ranging from films, newspapers, and contemporary sociological studies, to German and U.S. archival materials.

Jazz, Rock, and Rebels examines diverging responses to American culture in East and West Germany by linking these to changes in social science research, political cultures, state institutions, and international alliance systems. In the first two decades of the Cold War, consumer culture became a way to delineate the boundaries between East and West. This pathbreaking study, the first comparative cultural history of the two Germanies, sheds new light on the legacy of Weimar and National Socialism, on gender and race relations in Europe, and on Americanization and the Cold War.
  

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This book is about Cold War East and West Germany. Poiger suggests that American culture is used as a Cold War weapon which sparks rebellious youth revolutions in Germany. She also draws parallels of ... Read full review

Review: Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany (Studies on the History of Society and Culture)

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A very good book, and a model for transnational historical study. A fun read to boot. Read full review

Contents

AMERICAN CULTURE IN EAST AND WEST GERMAN RECONSTRUCTION
31
THE WILD ONES THE 1956 YOUTH RIOTS AND GERMAN MASCULINITY
71
LONELY CROWDS AND SKEPTICAL GENERATIONS DEPOLITICIZING AND REPOLITICIZING CULTURAL CONSUMPTION
106
JAZZ AND GERMAN RESPECTABILITY
137
PRESLEY YESULBRICHT NO? ROCK N ROLL AND FEMALE SEXUALITY IN THE GERMAN COLD WAR
168
Building Walls
206
Notes
229
Bibliography
273
Index
313
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Uta G. Poiger is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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