Divided but not disconnected coverA new interdisciplinary volume edited by SOCLAS researchers explores how social and cultural practices in Germany were shaped between 1945 by the fact of an inner border which divided the nation into two states, the Federal Republic of Germany in the West and the German Democratic Republic in the West.

The volume grew out of an international symposium held in Liverpool in 2006 on ‘German Cold War’ experiences and includes essays by leading researchers on a wide range of topics in German history and culture.

Andrew Plowman’s chapter is an examination of satirical representations of the Bundeswehr, the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany, after the 1960s. This essay forms part of a larger project on cultural representations of the Bundeswehr for which he was awarded a Research Fellowship of the Leverhulme Trust in 2008-2009.

The volume was described by Professor Sabine Hake, of the University of Texas, Austin, as “[a] timely and important contribution to the current scholarship on the Cold War and the critical reassessment of Cold War history within an interdisciplinary, comparative, and transnational framework.’

Tobias Hochscherf completed his PhD on German émigrés in British cinema in SOCLAS and is now Professor of Audiovisual Media at the University of Kiel in Germany. Christoph Laucht completed his PhD on German émigré scientists in SOCLAS and is currently lecturing in the School of History at the University of Liverpool.

Dr Andrew Plowman is currently Head of German in SOCLAS. His research interests include contemporary German literature and film and he is the author of a number of articles on the representation of the military in German culture.

Tobias Hochscherf, Christoph Laucht and Andrew Plowman, eds, Divided But Not Disconnected: German Experiences of the Cold War (New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2010)