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By Julia Sonnevend

ISBN-10: 0190604301

ISBN-13: 9780190604301

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How do tales of specific occasions develop into international myths, whereas others fade away? What turns into identified and obvious as an international iconic occasion? In tales with no Borders, Julia Sonnevend considers the ways that we recount and take into account information tales of ancient value. concentrating on reporters overlaying the autumn of the Berlin Wall and on next retellings of the development in numerous methods - from Legoland reenactments to slabs of the Berlin Wall put in in worldwide towns - Sonnevend discusses how definite occasions turn into outfitted up in order that humans in lots of elements of the realm consider them for lengthy classes of time. She argues that 5 dimensions ensure the viability and durability of overseas information occasions. First, a foundational narrative has to be tested with definite preconditions. subsequent, the confirmed narrative turns into universalized and a legendary message built. This message is then condensed and encapsulated in an easy word, a brief narrative, and a recognizable visible scene. Counter-narratives emerge that reinterpret occasions and in flip facilitate their diffusion throughout a number of media systems and altering social and political contexts. Sonnevend examines those 5 parts during the advancements of November nine, 1989 - what got here to be referred to as the autumn of the Berlin Wall. tales without borderlines concludes with a dialogue of the way international iconic occasions have a permanent impact on members and societies, mentioning that once universal currencies, army alliances, and foreign courts have failed, tales should be all that we've got to convey wish and unity.

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The 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, for example, have been captured in thousands of digital photographs that circulated online, on television, and in newspapers; yet while we might not specifically remember an individual photograph, we do remember the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, the site of the attacks. The building’s distinctive architectural features made it a memorable symbolic place. Similarly, Tahrir Square is central to the memory of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Ground Zero is the locus of 9/​11 and the Normandy coast is a site of memory for D-​Day.

2 West Berlin, September 24, 1961. An East Berliner, 77-​year-​old Frieda Schulze, escaping out of her apartment window to the western side of the city, as the West Berlin fire brigade stands by. Ullstein Bild/​T he Granger Collection, New York. the East German GDR as a state. Beginning in 1963, however, West Germany’s policy of political isolation gradually began to soften; the two German states over time negotiated border passes for West Germans and started ransoming East German political prisoners.

23 The West’s Wall narrative was also enforced by American presidential and vice-​presidential visits to the Wall. Anxiety about seclusion had already been part of the West Berlin psyche prior to 1961, especially since the 1948–​1949 Berlin Airlift, when Western allies supplied the people of West Berlin during an entire year of Soviet blockade. Diplomatic visits from the “outside,” and most importantly from the United States, helped ease this anxiety. The American presidential and vice-​presidential visits also revitalized the memory of the Berlin Airlift, and strengthened the feeling that the West “belonged together” against all odds—​and walls.

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