In Cryptic Concrete, the latest title to be published in the RGS-IBG book series, Dr Ian Klinke takes us on a subterranean journey into Cold War West Germany to understand how this historical era relates to the contemporary world.
Editor of the RGS-IBG book series Dr David Featherstone said: “The RGS-IBG book series seeks to promote scholarly publications that leave an intellectual mark and change the way readers think about particular issues, methods or theories.”
Cryptic Concrete is the culmination of over nine years of research into German geopolitics and the Cold War. By exploring bunkered sites in West Germany, Ian sheds light on the inner workings of the Cold War state, focusing on two structures in particular: the nuclear bunker and the atomic missile site.
As Ian outlines: “The book makes the case that West German military strategists, engineers, civil defence planners and politicians were animated by a vision of living space that was no longer territorial but rather subterranean in nature.”
Beginning with his childhood discovery of a bunker in the book’s introduction to a visit to the small village of Büchel, where the remains of Germany’s nuclear biopolitics still exist today, Ian argues that a reassessment of the history of geo- and biopolitics is crucial. And in the final chapters, he describes how the “historical absurdity” of Cold War Germany can help to inform our contemporary world.
Cryptic Concrete is available to buy on the Wiley website.
Society members receive up to a 35% discount on titles in the RGS-IBG book series when ordering through Wiley. Log in to the members area to access the 35% discount code and simply enter at the checkout on the Wiley website.
The Society is pleased to announce the publication of a new guide to support those new to teaching geography in higher education (HE).
13 December 2021
We are delighted to welcome eight interns, funded by the Antipode Foundation and the Society, to support this year’s Annual International Conference.
19 August 2021
Small grants for PhD students or postdoctoral researchers in the early stages of their careers.
LinkedIn can be a valuable resource for job-seeking, even when you are not actively seeking a new job.
By placing a booking, you are permitting us to store and use your (and any other attendees) details in order to fulfil the booking.
We will not use your details for marketing purposes without your explicit consent.
You must be a member holding a valid Society membership to view the content you are trying to access. Please login to continue.
Join us today, Society membership is open to anyone with a passion for geography
Cookies on the RGS website