Register now for WACA's Cover to Cover conference call on Wednesday, October 9, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET, featuring Hope Harrison, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, The George Washington University.
The history and meaning of the Berlin Wall remain controversial, even three decades after its fall. Drawing on an extensive range of archival sources and interviews, this book profiles key memory activists who have fought to commemorate the history of the Berlin Wall and examines their role in the creation of a new German national narrative. This revelatory work also traces how global memory of the Wall has impacted German memory policy, and it depicts the power and fragility of state-backed memory projects, and the potential of such projects to reconcile or divide.
Hope M. Harrison is Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University. She is the author of the new book, After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Her previous work includes the prize-winning Driving the Soviets up the Wall (Princeton University Press, 2003) which was also published to wide acclaim in German translation. She is the recipient of fellowships from Fulbright, the Nobel Institute, the American Academy in Berlin, Harvard, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Harrison has served on the staff of the National Security Council and currently serves on the board of three institutions in Berlin connected to the Cold War and the Berlin Wall. She has appeared on CNN, the History Channel, the Science Channel, the BBC, and Deutschlandradio.