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Amnesiopolis: Modernity, Space, and Memory in East Germany

Eli Rubin


This book explores the construction of Marzahn, the largest prefabricated housing project in East Germany, built on the outskirts of East Berlin in the 1970s and 1980s, and touted by the regime as the future of socialism. It also focuses especially on the experience of East Germans who moved, often from crumbling slums left over as a legacy of the nineteenth century, into this radically new place, one defined by pure functionality and rationality—a material manifestation of the utopian promise of socialism. Employing methodologies from critical geography, urban, architectural, and environmenta ... More

Keywords: socialism, East Germany, mass-produced housing, East Berlin, Communist housing settlement, socialist urban planning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732266
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eli Rubin, author
Department of History, Western Michigan University