Professor of History, University of California at Berkeley
March 26, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
Metropolis in Ruins explores the history of Berlin in the mid-1940s, as it was being transformed from the capital of the Nazi empire to the shattered metropolis of the Cold War. The bounded space of the city allows to combine close-ups of concrete situations, actors, and social relations with long shots of mid-twentieth century disjunctures in the international arena. By exploring Berlin as a multinational space in transit from war to peace, the talk also investigates the resilience of urban life after catastrophe.