Berlin

Berlin

by David Clay Large
     
 


In the political history of the past century, no city has played a more prominent-though often disastrous-role than Berlin. At the same time, Berlin has also been a dynamic center of artistic and intellectual innovation. If Paris was the "Capital of the Nineteenth Century," Berlin was to become the signature city for the next hundred years. Once a symbol of… See more details below

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In the political history of the past century, no city has played a more prominent-though often disastrous-role than Berlin. At the same time, Berlin has also been a dynamic center of artistic and intellectual innovation. If Paris was the "Capital of the Nineteenth Century," Berlin was to become the signature city for the next hundred years. Once a symbol of modernity, in the Thirties it became associated with injustice and the abuse of power. After 1945, it became the iconic City of the Cold War. Since the fall of the Wall, Berlin has again come to represent humanity's aspirations for a new beginning, tempered by caution deriving from the traumas of the recent past. David Clay Large's definitive history of Berlin is framed by the two German unifications of 1871 and 1990. Between these two events several themes run like a thread through the city's history: a persistent inferiority complex; a distrust among many ordinary Germans, and the national leadership of the "unloved city's" electric atmosphere, fast tempo, and tradition of unruliness; its status as a magnet for immigrants, artists, intellectuals, and the young; the opening up of social, economic, and ethnic divisions as sharp as the one created by the Wall.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465026326
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Pages:
736
Sales rank:
1,332,322
Product dimensions:
6.98(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introductionxvii
1 Berlin Under Bismarck1
2 World City?47
3 Discord in the Castle109
4 The Great Disorder157
5 The World City of Order and Beauty203
6 Hitler's Berlin255
7 Now People, Arise, and Storm, Break Loose!319
8 Coming into the Cold369
9 The Divided City445
10 From Bonn to Berlin517
11 The Berlin Republic585
Notes649
Index685

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