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Voices in Ruins

West German Radio across the 1945 Divide

Authors: Badenoch, A.

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Immediately after the Second World War, the radio was the best-preserved medium of mass communication in Germany. This book explores the implications of this dominance by asking how everyday broadcasting constructed ideas of 'normal' times, people and places in the destroyed, divided and occupied zones of what would become the Federal Republic.

About the authors

ALEXANDER BADENOCH received his PhD in Modern Languages from the University of Southampton in the UK and has recently completed a post-doc on infrastructures and European identity at the Technical University of Eindhoven. He currently lives in the Netherlands.

Reviews

Co-winner of the IAMHIST prize for the best work of media and history in the years 2007 -2008

'Sophisticated in its theoretical framework and presenting new empirical research, Badenoch's fascinating study demonstrates the crucial role radio played in rebuilding everyday domestic normality in post-World War II Germany. In this respect, and in negotiating cultural, social, and institutional ruptures as well as continuities, broadcasting became one of the most significant tools in shaping a new sense of national identity after 1945. Badenoch's work is innovative, stimulating, interdisciplinary - and as inclusive and multigeneric as the medium he discusses.' - Professor Tim Bergfelder, University of Southampton, UK

'Rooted in exhaustive archival research, this book provides a first comprehensive English-language overview of the development of West German radio as a mass popular medium in the aftermath of World War II. Compellingly and lucidly written, the book tells a multifaceted story of radio as institution, mass media technology and soundscape of everyday life. Charting the medium's history across a broad range of fields, this densely-layered and illuminating account is set to become essential reading for scholars of postwar German cultural history, as well as media historians and cultural studies researchers seeking an authoritative history of a medium emerging from the ruins of world war.' - Professor Erica Carter, University of Warwick, UK

'The Author...has brought together an enormous wealth of material, from manuscript and sound documents, contemporary statements from programmers and interviews, as well as seemingly marginal sources...From these mosiac stones he constucts interconnected themes step-by-step, and so driven by curiosity pursues his main thesis about normality in times of crisis and fragmentation.' - H-Soz-u-Kult


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction and Contexts

    Badenoch, Alexander

    Pages 1-33

  • Echoes of Days: Finding Everyday Between Exception and Routine

    Badenoch, Alexander

    Pages 34-78

  • Familiar Voices: Representations of Personalities and Pasts

    Badenoch, Alexander

    Pages 79-122

  • Time Consuming: Addressing a Nation of Women

    Badenoch, Alexander

    Pages 123-161

  • Re-placing the Nation: Between Home Service and Heimat

    Badenoch, Alexander

    Pages 162-218

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Voices in Ruins
Book Subtitle
West German Radio across the 1945 Divide
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-58245-3
DOI
10.1057/9780230582453
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-00903-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-28449-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 289
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