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





ISBN 9780367784409
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
278 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 (or 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, but border-straddling everyday lives in spite of the ideological bifurcation.

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



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Biography

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.