The Cambridge Companion to Modern German Culture / Edition 1

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Overview

One of the most intriguing questions of our time is how some of the masterpieces of modernity originated in a country in which personal liberty and democracy were slow to emerge. This Companion provides an authoritative account of modern German culture since the onset of industrialisation, the rise of mass society and the nation state. In its totality the Companion shows how the political and social processes that shaped modern Germany are intertwined with cultural genres and their agendas of creative expression.
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"This book is informative, topically comprehensive, well researched, and clearly written. It may serve as a useful reference work to the modern German culture scene, or it may be adopted as a text book for a course in German Culture and Civilization... Charlotte M. Craig, Germanic Notes and Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521568708
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
List of abbreviations
Chronology
In search of German culture: an introduction 1
1 The citizen and the state in modern Germany 20
2 German national identity 44
3 Elites and class structure 67
4 Jews in German society 86
5 Non-German minorities, women and the emergence of civil society 110
6 Critiques of culture 132
7 The functions of 'Volkskultur', mass culture and alternative culture 153
8 The development of German prose fiction 172
9 Modern German poetry 193
10 German drama, theatre and dance 213
11 Music in modern German culture 233
12 Modern German art 256
13 Modern German architecture 282
14 German cinema 302
15 The media of mass communication: the press, radio and television 322
Index 338
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