A Generation Divided: German Children and the Berlin Wall by Thomas A. Davey

By Thomas A. Davey

An inquiry into the lives of youngsters of comparable, if no longer exact, old an cultural background who at the present time locate themselves in noticeably hostile ideological worlds, concerning each other around the concrete manifestation in their huge changes, the Berlin Wall. lower than those conditions, what are the numerous components that give a contribution to the improvement in youngsters of emotions of loyalty to or alienation from their country? How do they view not just themselves, however the "other" Germans in addition? How do they arrive to phrases, emotionally and cognitively, with a special, usually painful, and not easy truth? What are the teachings meant for them by way of their societies, and what classes do they in truth study? How do those kids persist as Germans whereas whilst changing into whatever else -- "communists? or "capitalists"?

Thomas Davey performed interviews with little ones either side of the Wall, participated of their day-by-day lives, amassed their drawings, talked with their lecturers and households and grew conscious of simply how attentive young ones might be to ethical and political subtleties of nationwide lifestyles. the result's a revealing and dramatic portrait of a tender iteration coming to phrases with complicated nationwide and ancient conditions of the 2 cites of East and West Berlin.

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