Fighting the Cold War in Post-Blockade, Pre-Wall Berlin: Behind Enemy Lines, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Fighting the Cold War in Post-Blockade, Pre-Wall Berlin

Behind Enemy Lines, 1st Edition

By Mark Fenemore

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296 pages

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As fought in 1950s Berlin, the cold war was a many-headed monster. Winning stomachs with enticing consumption was as important as winning hearts and minds with persuasive propaganda. Demonstrators not only fought the police in the streets; they were swayed one way or another by cultural competition. Western espionage agencies waged brazen but surreptitious covert warfare, while the Stasi fought back with a campaign of targeted kidnapping. This book takes seriously a complex borderscape, which narrowed but did not stem the flow of people, ideas and goods over an open boundary. Assessing the licit and the illicit, the book stresses the messy and entwined nature of this war of a thousand cuts / miniscule salami slices. While brinkmanship was orchestrated by the elites in Moscow and Washington, the effects of such intense psychological pressure were felt by ordinary Berliners, who sought to carry on with their mundane

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

PART ONE: A MESSY AND ENTANGLED BORDER COMPLEX

1) Brinkmanship and Intransigence at the Frontier

2) Enclaves and Exclaves

3) S-Bahn Incidents

PART TWO: SHADOW-BOXING FEINTS AND REAL INCURSIONS

4) The Paramilitary Response to Threatened Invasions

5) Policing Demonstrations and Protests near the Border

PART THREE: CONTAGIOUS CAPITALISM AND IDEOLOGICAL SUBVERSION

6) Illicit Smuggling

7) Wanderers Between Two Worlds

PART FOUR: COVERT WARFARE IN COLD-WAR BERLIN

8) The Murky World of Espionage

9) The Art of Kidnapping

10) Impact of the Berlin Wall

Conclusion

Index

About the Author

Mark Fenemore is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at Manchester Metropolitan University. Having completed a PhD on East German youth subcultures at University College London, supervised by Professor Mary Fulbrook, he has worked on a series of projects relating to gender, sexuality, mass culture, espionage and policing, with a particular focus on divided, cold-war Berlin.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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HISTORY / General
HIS014000
HISTORY / Europe / Germany