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In-Visible Palimpsest

Memory, Space and Modernity in Berlin and Shanghai

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Lu Pan

In the early 1990s, Berlin and Shanghai witnessed the dramatic social changes in both national and global contexts. While in 1991 Berlin became the new capital of the reunified Germany, from 1992 Shanghai began to once again play its role as the most powerful engine of economic development in the post-1989 China. This critical moment of history has fundamentally transformed the later development of both cities, above all in terms of urban spatial order. The construction mania in Shanghai and Berlin shares the
similar aspiration of «re-modernizing» themselves. In this sense, the current experience of Shanghai and Berlin informs many of the features of urban modernity in the post-Cold-War era. The book unfolds the complexity of the urban space per se as highly revealing cultural texts. Also this project doesn’t examine the spatial changes in chronological terms, but rather takes the present moment as the temporal standing point of this research. By comparing the memory discourse related to these spatial changes, the book poses the question of how modernity is understood in the matrix of local, national and global power struggles.

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List of Figures ...............................................................................................7 Introduction ...........................................................................................9 Part I Contested National Memories: Monument, Myth-Making, and Modernity ..........................................37 Chapter One The Berlin Republic: Re-invoked Memories ......................................41 Chapter Two Monuments in Shanghai: The Invisible Turn ......................................83 Part II The Politics of Nostalgia: Memory, Space, and Competing Modernities ...................................139 Chapter Three City of Divided Memories: Two Kinds of Berlin Nostalgia .............141 Chapter Four Revisiting Shanghai Nostalgia: Local Memory as Resistance .........175 Part III Forgetting Modern Space? – Amnesia and the “Obsolescent” Modernities ...................................215 Chapter Five The Disappearing Berlin: Can the Wrongs be Undone? ..................217 6 Chapter Six Other Shanghais: Missing Narratives of Urban Space .....................233 Conclusion ........................................................................................265 Bibliography ......................................................................................275

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