The Castles of the Rhine: Recreating the Middle Ages in Modern Germany [NOOK Book]

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Far from being mere antiquarian or sentimental curiosities, the rebuilt or reused fortresses of the Rhine reflect major changes in Germany and Europe during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Taylor begins The Castles of the Rhine with a synopsis of the major political, social and intellectual changes that influenced castle rebuilding in the nineteenth century. He then focuses on selected castles, describing their turbulent histories from the time of their original construction, through their ...

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The Castles of the Rhine: Recreating the Middle Ages in Modern Germany

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Overview

Far from being mere antiquarian or sentimental curiosities, the rebuilt or reused fortresses of the Rhine reflect major changes in Germany and Europe during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Taylor begins The Castles of the Rhine with a synopsis of the major political, social and intellectual changes that influenced castle rebuilding in the nineteenth century. He then focuses on selected castles, describing their turbulent histories from the time of their original construction, through their destruction or decay, to their rediscovery in the 1800s and their continued preservation today.

Reading this book is equivalent to looking at history though a romantic-nationalist kaleidoscope. Amply illustrated with maps and photographs, The Castles of the Rhine is a wonderful companion for anyone with dreams or experience of journeying along the Rhine.

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Scholars as well as castle fanatics will enjoy this study of castle restoration (and pseudo-castle construction) between the 1820s and the 1930s. Sections cover changes in political, economic, cultural, intellectual, and technological history which altered the fate of the Rhenish castle ruins in the 19th century; the efforts of the ruling elites to create architectural propaganda; nationalism and the birth of the modern heritage conservation movement; and the relevance of the German castle rebuilding movement for North Americans. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554588015
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 407
  • Sales rank: 653,538
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Robert R. Taylor is a professor of history at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, where he has been active in the architecture conservation movement. He is the author of The Word in Stone: The Role of Architecture in the National Socialist Ideology and Hohenzollern Berlin: Construction and Reconstruction.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Foundations
1 Political and Economic Power on the Middle Rhine 24
2 Romanticism and Nationalism on the Middle Rhine 51
3 Monuments and Documents on the Middle Rhine 69
Pt. 2 Vindicating the Old Regime
4 The Holy Alliance in Stone 98
5 Hohenzollern Dreams 112
6 King of the Rhineland 127
7 The Hohenzollerns at the Hunt 149
8 The "Cartridge Prince" and His Consort 165
Pt. 3 Buttressing the Status Quo
9 A Justification of Aristocratic Privilege 170
10 The Fulfilment of Bourgeois Ambition 189
Pt. 4 Defending the Reich
11 Symbols of German Unity 218
12 Monument to German Glory 229
Pt. 5 Securing the Past for the Future
13 To Entertain, Enlighten, and Exploit the Traveller 250
14 To Study the German Past 264
15 To Teach the Young and the Ignorant 282
Pt. 6 Conclusion
16 "Can Stones Speak?" 304
App. 1 Glossary of Architectural Terms Used 316
App. 2 Medieval Fantasies 319
App. 3 Hohenzollern Castle Projects Outside the Rhineland 324
Notes 333
Select Bibliography 377
Index 383
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