Capital Cities at War: Volume 2, A Cultural History: Paris, London, Berlin 1914?1919

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This is the second volume of a pioneering two-volume comparative history of the capital cities of Britain, France and Germany during the Great War. Leading historians explore these wartime cities, from the railway stations where newcomers took on new identities to the streets they surveyed and the pubs, cafes and theatres they frequented, and examine notions of identity, the sites and rituals of city life, and wartime civic and popular culture. This volume, first published in 2007, offers a comparative cultural history of London, Paris and Berlin and reveals the great affinities and similarities between cities on both sides of the line. It shows the transnational character of metropolitan life and the different cultural resources which the men and women of these cities drew upon during 1500 days of war. The practices of metropolitan life go well beyond national histories and this volume suggests the outlines of a fully European history of the Great War.

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"...the team headed by Jay Winter and Jean-Louis Robert have produced a monumental piece of cultural history that is worthy of scholars’ attention but even more worthy of the people that are its subjects." H-France, Gearóid Barry

"...a massive ground-breaking two-volume scholarly study of The Great War." -Len Shurtleff, The Western Front Association

"Kudos to Pegelow Kaplan and Cambridge University Press for revealing the danger of words that can kill."
German Studies Review, Robert D. Billinger, Jr., Wingate University

"A valuable read for anyone interested in the war or war and society."

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Foreword: A note on authorship; 1. Introduction: the practice of metropolitan life Jay Winter; Part I. Cityscapes: 2. Railway stations Adrian Gregory; 3. The street Emmanuelle Cronier; 4. Entertainments Jan Rüger; Part II. Civic Culture: 5. Exhibitions Stefan Goebel; 6. Schools Stefan Goebel; 7. Universities Liz Fordham; 8. Public space, political space Jon Lawrence; Part III. Sites of Passage/Rites of Passage: 9. The home and family life Catherine Rollet; 10. Hospitals Jay Winter; 11. Religious sites and practices Adrian Gregory and Annette Becker; 12. Cemeteries Carina Trevisan and Elise Julien; 13. Conclusions Jean-Louis Robert and Jay Winter; Bibliography.

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