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Unformatted text preview: m. The people are open, friendly, unpretentious — and
yet somehow cursed.
For decades Plauen has been on the margins of history, far removed from the centers of power; nevertheless, events there have oddly
foreshadowed the rise and fall of great social movements. One after another, the leading ideologies of modern Europe — industrialism,
fascism, communism, consumerism — have passed through Plauen and left their mark. None has completely triumphed or been completely
erased. Bits and pieces of these worldviews still coexist uneasily, cropping up in unexpected places, from the graffiti on the wall of an
apartment building to the tone of an offhand remark. There is nothing settled yet, nothing that can be assumed. All sorts of things, good and
bad, are still possible. In the heart of the Vogtland, without much notice from the rest of the world, the little city of Plauen has been
alternately punished, rewarded, devastated, and transformed by the great unifying systems of the twentieth century, by each new effort to
govern all of mankind with a single set of rules. Plauen has been a battlefield for these competing ideologies, with their prou...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08