Memory, real estate, and the fleeting borders of happiness: the fall of the Berlin Wall in its twenty-fifth year

By Dina Gusejnova Familiar images from 1989 show people on the Berlin Wall, dancing, holding hands, feet dangling east and west, and laughing. Twenty-five years on, these images remain icons of a fleeting phenomenon: political happiness. It is all too easy to confuse the end of this particular story with the end of history. Injustice… Continue reading Memory, real estate, and the fleeting borders of happiness: the fall of the Berlin Wall in its twenty-fifth year

Berlin Wall: a backdrop for the politics of moral outrage

By Dr Michael Rowe The Berlin Wall fell on 9 November 1989. The event, which has come to symbolise the end of the Cold War, came about when an East German government spokesman miscalculated, and erroneously announced the previously sealed border open. Crowds of ordinary East Berliners quickly gathered, and no one in authority dared… Continue reading Berlin Wall: a backdrop for the politics of moral outrage