Envisioning Socialism: Television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic - Social History, Popular Culture and Politics in Germany (Hardback)Heather L. Gumbert (author)
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Gumbert challenges those who would dismiss East German television as a tool of repression that couldn't compete with the West or capture the imagination of East Germans. Instead, she shows how by the early 1960s television was a model of the kind of socialist realist art that could appeal to authorities and audiences. Ultimately, this socialist vision was overcome by the challenges that the international market in media products and technologies posed to nation-building in the postwar period.
A history of ideas and perceptions examining both real and mediated historical conditions, Envisioning Socialism considers television as a technology, an institution, and a medium of social relations and cultural knowledge. The book will be welcomed in undergraduate and graduate courses in German and media history, the history of postwar Socialism, and the history of science and technologies.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
"Envisioning Socialism offers a useful rethinking of television's place in the context of East German history and convincingly rebukes older models of the relationship between the SED, station executives, producers, and viewers."
--Stewart Anderson, German Studies Review
"Provides a vivid impression of the experimental early stages of program development and offering cultural appropriateness in radio, theater and film, which forced out the past practice of Nazi television."
--;I>Media Studies--Michael Wedel "Media Studies "
"Especially effective in illuminating tensions and debates within the party-state structures that were not purely ideological but also related to practical concerns such as the shortage of East German and Eastern Bloc production."
--Contemporary European History-- (10/27/2016)
"Heather Gumberts book Envisioning Socialism remarkable in several respects study has now been published. It is one of the first English-language monographs on East German television and its importance for politics, culture and society of "actually existing socialism". Thus, the US-American discourse opens up a wealth of research for the international (media-) historical debate that has been done in the last 15 years, especially in German language. Noteworthy is Gumberts view 'from outside', so here is the link the German theory roll cover with Anglo-American works. It also points to parallels in the US development of television with its East and West German counterparts during the Cold War, and uses this for historical analysis - with remarkable results."
---Claudia Dittmar, H-Soz-Kult-- (04/16/2015)
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