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Creating Post–Cold War Europe: 1989 and the Architecture of Order

Creating Post–Cold War Europe: 1989 and the Architecture of Order

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Creating Post–Cold War Europe: 1989 and the Architecture of Order
Source:
1989
Author(s):
Mary Elise Sarotte
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163710.003.0001

This introductory chapter describes how, for roughly a year following the collapse of the old order in November 1989, various groups of actors competed and struggled vigorously to re-create order in a way most advantageous to themselves. The longer-term goal, of course, was to dominate that order in the post-Cold War world. Again and again, key actors in 1989–90 employed the terminology of architecture to describe what they wanted: to start building anew, to construct a European roof or a common European home, to create a new transatlantic architecture, and so on. Leaders consciously proposed a number of competing blueprints for the future and described them as such. This metaphoric understanding, on top of its historical evidence, is an apt one for a study centered on Berlin, where so much real architecture went up after the wall came down.

Keywords:   1989, post-Cold War Europe, old order, architecture, transatlantic architecture, blueprints, Berlin, Berlin wall, European home

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