Nature of the Miracle Years: Conservation in West Germany, 1945-1975 by Sandra Chaney, appeared in paperback in August 2012. In the post below, the author discusses the three case studies that form the backbone of the book. Berghahn Books is proud to draw attention once more to Nature of the Miracle Years, which won the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title in 2009.
A rewarding part of this project involved writing three cases studies which focus on preserving a scenic gorge, landscaping a canalized river, and restoring “wild” nature to a managed forest. Taken together, these stories capture important shifts in West German efforts to restore varying degrees of naturalness in their intensively used landscapes. Research took me to the Black Forest, the Mosel Valley, and the Bavarian Forest, and to the homes and offices of dedicated conservationists. Whether perusing Black Forest Society records in the basement of a retired forester or reviewing hundreds of postcards protesting the Mosel Canal in the Foreign Office archives, I was struck by the daunting challenge conservationists faced in promoting sustainable uses of nature when more powerful groups favored exploiting it and when legal and administrative support systems for conservation remained weak.
Anne Marie Scholz’s From Fidelity to History: Film Adaptations as Cultural Events was published by Berghahn Books in April 2013. In what follows, Scholz discusses the experience of touring Vienna and seeing parts of the city made famous by The Third Man.
The still on the cover of my book—from the 1949 British/U.S. co-production The Third Man–depicts the American Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten). He’s had a few too many drinks, and has just seen his old friend Harry Lime—a friend he believed dead— disappear somewhere on the square “Am Hof” in post-WWII Vienna. He is torn between doubts over his own sanity, unrequited love for Lime’s Czech girlfriend Anna, relief that his friend may still be alive, and near certainty that Harry is mixed up in a vicious black market racket. The darkness and mysterious aura of the Vienna square reinforces the haunted expression on Holly’s face. His predicament—that of an enterprising but unwelcome American pulp fiction writer stumbling through the labyrinth of postwar Europe–is inextricably linked with the city where he finds himself.
Volume 39, Number 1, Spring 2013
Featuring writing on the ideas of Claude Langlois, specifically his work concentrated on women, religion, and the French Revolution.
Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2013
Special section on Media and Mobility, featuring articles on interactions between physical movement and communicational media.
Volume 7, Number 1, Spring 2013
Focusing on the topic of violence in movies, a subject of continuing controversy and discussion, with articles on television and film.
Volume 25, Number 1, Spring 2013
With articles dedicated to the life of Shakespeare, from a variety of angles ranging from biofiction to what we would recognize as more traditional biography.
Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society
Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 2013
Special issue on Postcolonial Memory Politics in Educational Media, with articles focusing primarily on Europe.
In the spirit of the Tribeca Film Festival, Berghahn Journals is delighted to offer limited-time free access to our special virtual issue that focuses on several influential directors. This special issue includes five articles from our journal, Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind.
Projections is the winner of the 2008 AAP/PSP Prose Award for Best New Journal in the Social Sciences & Humanities. It is published in association with The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image and The Forum for Movies and Mind.
To access the special issue, click the following link: http://bit.ly/10dgD7D
Free access to the issue will end 5/22/13.
Religion and Society was introduced as part of the Advances in Research series of journals in 2010 by Berghahn. In this post, the Editors of Religion and Society discuss the foundation of the journal, its intentions, the selection of articles, and the latest issue.
Anthropologists have been saying for quite a while that it would be great to have an English-language journal dedicated to religion, and so we jumped at the suggestion for just such a publication when it was proposed by Marion Berghahn in 2009. We decided that we wanted the journal to contain a variety of sections that would really try to show current research in the making. Continue reading
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Muhammad Yunus at The New York Times office in New York.
Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, is receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his “efforts to combat global poverty.” According to The New York Times, “The award places Yunus in the company of a small group of people – including Norman Borlaug, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Elie Wiesel, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and Mother Teresa — who have received this award, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Peace Prize.”
This past Autumn, Mr. Yunus’s speech at the International Association for Asia Pacific Studies discussing his vision for creating a poverty-free world was published in one of our journals, Asia Pacific World. Berghahn is proud to publish work by such esteemed scholars as Mr. Yunus, and congratulates him on his immense achievement.
To celebrate, we are making this article available for free online for the next two weeks. Simply click here, enter your email address, and enjoy!
Wind Over Water: Migration in an East Asian Context, edited by David W. Haines, Keiko Yamanaka, and Shinji Yamashita, was published by Berghahn Books in November 2012. Here, the editors discuss the origins and motivations for the collection.
Wind over Water grew out of a concern to see East Asia – and East Asian scholars – better represented in the literature on contemporary human migration. Perhaps its most important purpose has been to show the full range and import of migration in East Asia rather than attempt any particular theoretical or policy argument. Thus the volume ranges, as the back cover blurb will tell you, “from Korean bar hostesses in Osaka to African entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, from Vietnamese women seeking husbands across the Chinese border to Pakistani Muslim men marrying women in Japan, from short-term business travelers in China to long-term tourists from Japan who ultimately decide to retire overseas.” While there are limitations to this kind of inclusive approach, it has the decided advantage of forcing a consideration of East Asia migration in its entirety: whether short-term or long-term, whether internal or across national borders, whether for economic or social purposes. Furthermore, it does so for countries that are closely linked politically and culturally but divided quite sharply between those with already rather well-developed economies, like Japan and South Korea, and those with still developing ones, such as China and Vietnam.
Volume 7, Issue 1, 2013
Includes a special theme section on Women’s Autobiographical Writing and Correspondence, as well as the second part of “Clio on the Margins”, continued from last year’s issue.
Contributions to the History of Concepts
Volume 7, Issue 2, Winter 2012
Featuring a Rountable on “Geschichtliche Grundbegriffe Reloaded? Writing the Conceptual History of the Twentieth Century” by guest editors Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann and Kathrin Kollmeier.
Volume 2013, Issue 65, Spring 2013
Including two theme sections: “Toward an anthropology of affirmative action” and “Horizons of choice: An ethnographic approach to decision making”.
French Politics, Culture & Society
Volume 31, Issue 1, Spring 2013
With articles on the cultural history of World War I in France, the “rise of the Anglo-Saxon”, 1920s beauty contests in France and America, German unification, and filmmaking and the invention of the Paris suburbs.
Religion and Society
Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 2013
Focusing on Jean Comaroff’s work and reflection, and also including a debate section on “Religion and Revolution” and comments on the work of Manuel A. Vásquez.