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Stories Without Borders: The Berlin Wall and the Making of a Global Iconic Event

Julia Sonnevend


This book asks how particular news events become “global iconic events,” while others fade into oblivion. Focusing on journalists covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and on subsequent retellings of the event (from Legoland reenactments to segments of the Berlin Wall installed in shopping malls), it discusses how storytellers build up certain events so that people in many parts of the world remember them for long periods of time. The East German border opening that we now summarize as the “fall of the Berlin Wall” was in fact unintentional, confusing, and prompted in part by misleading media c ... More

Keywords: global, event, icon, storytelling, journalism, narrative, brand, border, Berlin Wall, Germany

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190604301
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190604301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Sonnevend, author
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan