As fought in 1950s Berlin, the cold war was a many-headed monster. Winning stomachs with enticing consumption was as important as winning hearts and minds with persuasive propaganda. Demonstrators not only fought the police in the streets; they were swayed one way or another by cultural competition. Western espionage agencies waged brazen but surreptitious covert warfare, while the Stasi fought back with a campaign of targeted kidnapping. This book takes seriously a complex borderscape, which narrowed but did not stem the flow of people, ideas and goods over an open boundary. Assessing the licit and the illicit, the book stresses the messy and entwined nature of this war of a thousand cuts (or miniscule salami slices). While brinkmanship was orchestrated by the elites in Moscow and Washington, the effects of such intense psychological pressure were felt by ordinary Berliners, who sought to carry on with their mundane, but border-straddling everyday lives in spite of the ideological bifurcation.

chapter |18 pages


part I|1 pages

A messy and entangled border complex

chapter 2|17 pages

Enclaves and exclaves

chapter 3|14 pages

S-Bahn incidents

part II|1 pages

Shadow-boxing feints and real incursions

part III|1 pages

Contagious capitalism and ideological subversion

chapter 6|20 pages

Illicit smuggling

chapter 7|16 pages

Wanderers between two worlds

part IV|1 pages

Covert warfare in cold-war Berlin

chapter 8|22 pages

The murky world of espionage

chapter 9|22 pages

The art of kidnapping

chapter 10|18 pages

Impact of the Berlin Wall

chapter |14 pages