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By Uta G. Poiger

In the 2 a long time after international battle II, Germans on either side of the iron curtain fought vehemently over American cultural imports. Uta G. Poiger lines how westerns, denims, jazz, rock 'n' roll, and stars like Marlon Brando or Elvis Presley reached youngsters in either Germanies, who eagerly followed the recent kinds. Poiger unearths that East and West German specialists deployed gender and racial norms to comprise Americanized early life cultures of their personal territories and to hold at the ideological chilly warfare conflict with one another. Poiger's vigorous account is predicated on a powerful array of assets, starting from movies, newspapers, and modern sociological experiences, to German and U.S. archival materials.

Jazz, Rock, and Rebels examines diverging responses to American tradition in East and West Germany through linking those to adjustments in social technological know-how learn, political cultures, nation associations, and foreign alliance platforms. within the first 20 years of the chilly battle, client tradition turned the way to delineate the bounds among East and West. This pathbreaking learn, the 1st comparative cultural historical past of the 2 Germanies, sheds new mild at the legacy of Weimar and nationwide Socialism, on gender and race kin in Europe, and on Americanization and the chilly War.

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