After the Wall: Germany, the Germans and the Burdens of History

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Simon & Schuster, 1995 - Social Science - 350 pages
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The reunited Germany that emerged from the euphoria of 1989 - that miraculous moment when the Wall fell and all the world cheered - is neither a power to be feared nor a rich, stable democracy to be admired. Far from freeing the Germans from the burdens of history, the fall of the Wall has exacerbated the traumas of the past, leaving Germany divided - against itself, east from west: against the "other", its own six million foreign residents as well as hundreds of thousands of new immigrants who arrive each year; and most of all, against the continuing legacy of the Nazi and communist eras. The readmission of sixteen million East German residents has uncovered old wounds and lifted half a century of taboos. Blending essay and reportage and drawing on countless interviews with people from all sides, Marc Fisher tells stories that reveal a seething and chaotic nation handicapped by its past and struggling to define its role at home and abroad. These personal stories touch on the lingering fear of a mighty Germany, memories of the Holocaust, Germany's economic role as the engine of Europe, and its diplomatic role as the strongest nation at the border of the troubled former Soviet Bloc.

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AFTER THE WALL: Germany, the Germans, and the Burdens of History

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A disturbing look at the problems facing contemporary Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The former Bonn and Berlin bureau chief for the Washington Post has combined a journalist's ... Read full review

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A fascinating account of the period surrounding the fall of the notorious Berlin Wall and the reunification of the two Germanies. It is an interesting thing to consider--a country divided in half for ... Read full review


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Marc Fisher received his medical from the SUNY at Syracuse and then trained in medicine at the University of Wisconsin and neurology at the Medical Center of Vermont. He has been at the University of Massachusetts Medical School since 1978 and currently holds the position of Professor and Vice-Chairman in the neurology department. He performs clinical activities approximately 50% of the time with a special emphasis on patients with cerebrovascular disorders and multiple sclerosis. He has directed an animal stroke research laboratory for more than 15 years that has emphasized the use of novel MRI techniques to evaluate stroke evolution and to assess therapeutic interventions in vivo. He has participated in many clinical stroke trials as a member of the steering committee. He has published extensively in both of these areas with 156 peer reviewed publications and has edited 10 textbooks. He has worked closely with the pharmaceutical industry in the development of novel stroke therapies as well as designing and implementing clinical trials for acute stroke therapies.

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