Eine Biographie
Politisches Wunderkind, „Königsmörder“ und beinahe Bundeskanzler – Wer war der Mann, der Willy Brandt stürzen wollte?
Rainer Barzel ist eine der prägenden politischen Persönlichkeiten der bundesdeutschen Geschichte zwischen Adenauer und Kohl. Mehrfach stand er kurz davor, Bundeskanzler zu werden. Sein Scheitern beim Konstruktiven Misstrauensvotum gegen Willy Brandt im April 1972 ging in die kollektive Erinnerung der Westdeutschen ein. Barzels zeitgeschichtliche Bedeutung aber reicht weit darüber hinaus: Trotz jeweils nur kurzer Amtszeiten als Bundesminister, Präsident des Deutschen Bundestages und Vorsitzender der CDU Deutschlands war er über Jahrzehnte eine Schlüsselfigur der CDU in der Bonner Republik und prägte fast eine Dekade die Unionsfraktion als deren Vorsitzender in Regierungsverantwortung und Opposition.
Auf Grundlage einer Fülle oft bislang unbekannter Quellen und zahlreicher Zeitzeugengespräche legt Kai Wambach erstmals eine umfassende Biographie Barzels vor. Er nähert sich einer ebenso schillernden wie sensiblen Persönlichkeit, die bis heute stark polarisiert, deren partei- wie staatspolitisches Gewicht aber stets außer Frage stand.

xenophobic far-right obsessions about immigration and refugees are mainstreamed. In the United States, President Trump has not only successfully campaigned on the fears of immigration and dangerous internal others, but his administration has created a despicable dehumanizing spectacle at the border with

in Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society

seems to shimmer with all the tremors of refined beauty, it seems that an art is at work in it, so divine, so diabolically divine that you will look in vain through millennia for a second possibility like this; I see a spectacle so ingenious and at the same time so wonderfully paradoxical that it would

in Secularization, Cultural Heritage and the Spirituality of the Secular State

l’identité qui n’a jamais existé,” Diacronie 18, no. 2 (2014), document 6, [accessed January 20, 2017]. 11 Alexandre Sumpf, “L’exposition russe de 1895: l’alliance se donne en spectacle,” Histoire par l’image , http

in Experiment

looting of possessions from the vandalized homes and shops attracted the participation of a wider circle of Germans. The looters were, in many cases, neighbours who had gathered to observe the spectacle, and who moved in to help themselves to the spoils only after the wrecking had ceased. This behaviour

in Beyond "Ordinary Men"

Wenn ein Volk erlischt, und Menschen schweigen, dann werden Steine reden. When a nation fades away and people are silent, then stones shall speak. – Adolf Hitler, 1935 The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France presents an awesome spectacle. It includes the graves of

in War and Memorials

spectacle,” 41 which dooms us to chase some ever-fading sense in a never-ending proliferation of projects, images, and performances. As French phenomenologist Michel Henry has argued, this very dynamic epitomizes nothing but the archetype of globalization . Finally, as he explains, it results in the reign

in Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society

these tilts was a flamboyant spectacle, with food, vows sworn on a pheasant (hence the name), an elephant (on which a weeping damsel rode, symbolizing the Holy Church), and a model of a child standing on a rock and urinating rose water. By the end of the exhibition, the original jousts had been

in Miliz oder Söldner?

by technologies of information and simulation, can we sustain the notion of a human imagination that is both creative and responsible? Is there poetical or ethical vocation for narrative imagination in our contemporary society of spectacle and ‘pseudo-events,’ a society in which we seem to be having

in Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society

presented through a ballad singer accompanied by a chorus. Mordred gloats over the spectacle unfolding before their eyes: “Can you see your goodly Lancelot murdering your goodly knights? Your table is cracking, Arthur” (69). Arthur admits defeat: “It’s the old uncivilised days back again… . All we’ve been

in Simplify, simplify! Brevity, Plainness and Their Complications in American Literature and Culture