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Jazz, Rock, and RebelsCold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany$
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Uta Poiger

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520211384

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520211384.001.0001

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American Culture in East and West German Reconstruction

American Culture in East and West German Reconstruction

(p.31) 1 American Culture in East and West German Reconstruction
Jazz, Rock, and Rebels

Uta G. Poiger

University of California Press

A decade after World War II, many East and West Germans came to believe that American popular culture was shaping young Germans and especially young German men. From the late 1940s through the first half of the 1950s, debates over westerns, gangster stories, and jazz became vehicles through which Germans on both sides of the descending Iron Curtain discussed American influences and changing German identities. Ideas about America that Germans had developed during the Weimar and Nazi years, the experiences of U.S. and Soviet occupation, including fraternization, rape, denazification, and economic policies, were important in shaping unsure and often hostile East and West German attitudes toward American influences.

Keywords:   America, Germany, identity, German attitudes, American influences, west

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