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Editors: Susanne Stemmler, Valerie Smith and Bernd M. Scherer in cooperation with Nevim Çil, Manthia Diawara, Silvia Fehrmann, Navid Kermani and Yang Lian
Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen, 2009
ca. 352 pages, richly illustrated, partly in colour
Price: € 24,90 (Germany), € 25,60 (Austria), CHF 42,80
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Can the twenty years—between the end of ideologies in the year 1989 and the crises of democratic capitalism in the year 2009—be seen as a historical phase of global importance?
1989 is a key year in the history of the 20th century. The fall of the Berlin Wall was not the only caesura of worldwide significance—on all continents of the globe there were radical changes with lasting reverberations that continue up until today. This volume draws our attention to the global importance of these events and developments: the massacre at Tiananmen Square in China, the death of Khomeni in Iran, the withdrawal of soviet troops from Afghanistan and its repercussions throughout central Asia, the end of the dictatorships and the establishment of neo-liberalism in Latin America, the withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola, the independence of Namibia and the end of apartheid in South Africa. In view of these highlights, we are encouraged to move our attention away from Europe and consider the interconnections of events beyond national boundaries.
With contributions by
Ai Xiaoming, Natasha Amiri, Nevim Çil, Charlie Cole, Faheem Dashty, Manthia Diawara, Andreas Eckert, Richard Ellis, Silvia Fehrmann, Bert Fragner, Timothy Garton Ash, Ejaz Haider, Thomas Hartwell, Muzamil Jaleel, Navid Kermani, Margarita López Maya, Abbas Maroufi, Sharnush Parsipur, Damani Partridge, Phan Huy Tao, Beatriz Sarlo, Saskia Sassen, Wole Soyinka, Tilman Spengler, Susanne Stemmler, Jihan el Tahri, Allan Tannenbaum, Mark Terkessidis, Veronica Valdivia, Mueni Wa Muiu, Wang Dan and Yang Lian