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Marjolijn Storm

Agatha Christie is one of the most popular and most translated authors of all time. Yet there is little academic work on her writing. This book sets out to rectify this.
No matter where in the world you are, Hercule Poirot is a name that conjures up certain associations. The detailed analysis of the original text, three German and two Dutch translations of The Mysterious Affair at Styles however shows that his depiction differs immensely between the individual texts. In the course of this book, reasons for these differences are found via the analysis of the shifts of status of Agatha Christie as an author, of detective fiction and of translations from English in Germany and the Netherlands. During this exploration the discovery will be made that, when translated, escapist literature such as Christie’s detective fiction actually becomes a highly political affair.

Recomposing German Music

Politics and Musical Tradition in Cold War Berlin


Elizabeth Janik

Recomposing German Music illuminates the tangled relationship between music and politics in 20th-century Germany. Focusing on the reconstruction and division of Berlin’s musical community after 1945, author Elizabeth Janik demonstrates how military occupation and Cold War rivalry transformed the city’s elite musical institutions. Berlin became a crucible for competing interpretations of German musical tradition. Cultural authorities in East and West Berlin disputed the social authority responsible for defining and upholding musical standards, the appropriate relationship between art and the state, the definition of musical progress, and finally, the nature and purpose of music itself. This study is an important contribution to the social history of 20th-century music and the comparative cultural history of the two Cold War Germanys.

State Aid Dispute on Germany’s Support for Renewables

Is the Commission on the Right Course?

Erik Gawel and Sebastian Strunz

1 Introduction Germany’s support for renewable energies, as laid down in the eeg -Act (“Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz” or Renewable Energy Sources Act), has been very successful in terms of pushing the share of renewables at overall electricity supply: the share increased from 7% in the year

Shiite “Communities of Practice” in Germany

Researching Multi-Local, Heterogeneous Actors in Transnational Space

Robert Langer and Benjamin Weineck

Introduction The existing plethora of research on Islam and Muslims in Germany focuses on the variety of Muslims who live in Germany, on social and religious practice, or on the way Muslims organise themselves and articulate their specific demands. In contrast to a rather undifferentiated

Georg Plasger

The following contribution casts a glance at an area that has been little reflected upon within church history: the German Reformed tradition between 1900 and 1930. Focus of interest typically lies, on one side, more on the perception of the Reformed during the National Socialist era and, on the

Doron Avraham

1 Introduction The idea of a German ecumenical church experienced a revival in the first half of the nineteenth century. Following the Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Vienna in 1815, a renewed division of German territories further destabilized the precarious balance between confessions and

Christina Kaindl

Introduction The uprising of the Indignados, Democracia Real Ya! and the Occupy movement have brought back protest all over Europe in 2011. In Germany—despite several tens of thousands of people showing up for the international action day on October 15th, the situation has been different

Andrei Zagorski

Introduction Germany’s chairmanship of the osce in 2016 is welcomed in Russia, not only because Germany is believed to have the political, human and financial resources required to provide a strong leadership role in the Organization, but also because it is seen as a dedicated champion of

Alexander Knapp

Introduction On 20 February 2001, a lecture-recital was presented under the auspices of the Centre of Jewish Studies at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). It was entitled: “Ashkenazi Biblical Chant: a sixteenth-century German interpretation,” and comprised

Stefan Möckel

must draw up a programme of measures, which, under Article 11 in conjunction with Annex VI WFD, must set out the specific action to be taken to protect the water and achieve the environmental objectives. The management plans drawn up by the German federal states for 2009 identified 9 900 bodies of