The Companion Guide To Berlin

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Most people do not think of Berlin as a beautiful city, but it is filled with stunning sights, sounds and textures, all the more astonishing when the stories behind them are revealed. Today's Berlin is new and vibrant, but history has left its scars. A look in the right place is rewarded with glimpses of the glories of old Prussia as well as the abominations of Hitler's Third Reich and of the outer bulwark of the Soviet empire. Brian Ladd, a historian who has been returning to Berlin for twenty-five years, pays ...
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Overview

Most people do not think of Berlin as a beautiful city, but it is filled with stunning sights, sounds and textures, all the more astonishing when the stories behind them are revealed. Today's Berlin is new and vibrant, but history has left its scars. A look in the right place is rewarded with glimpses of the glories of old Prussia as well as the abominations of Hitler's Third Reich and of the outer bulwark of the Soviet empire. Brian Ladd, a historian who has been returning to Berlin for twenty-five years, pays homage to the familiar landmarks, but he also penetrates into obscure corners of the city and brings them alive with his shrewd and informed comment. He explains what the sights of Berlin have meant to Berliners who coped under kings and dictators, and who toiled, suffered and celebrated as their city was destroyed and rebuilt. This book invites you to share their passions as it draws you into the dynamic new capital that has risen from wreckage of post-war German history. BRIAN LADD is at the State University of New York at Albany. He has been a constant visitor to Berlin over a quarter of a century.
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A valuable addition to writing about a city that has played a central role in shaping the modern world. SUNDAY TIMES, BOOKS OF THE WEEK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781900639286
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/27/2004
  • Series: Companion Guides
  • Pages: 514
  • Sales rank: 1,414,173
  • Product dimensions: 1.15 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
List of Maps viii
Acknowledgements ix
Overview Map x
Orientation 1
I Center 13
1 Unter den Linden and the Museum Island 15
2 Alexanderplatz and the Old Town 52
3 The Reichstag 74
4 Friedrichstrasse and the Newspaper Quarter 90
5 Wilhelmstrasse: from Bismarck to Hitler 116
6 Potsdamer Platz and the Kulturforum 132
II North of the Center 157
7 Spandauer Vorstadt 159
8 Friedrich-Wilhelm-Stadt 179
9 Borderlands 192
10 Prenzlauer Berg 208
11 The Industrial North: Moabit, Wedding, and Beyond 227
III The West 241
12 Around the Zoo 243
13 The Tiergarten 258
14 Kurfurstendamm 271
15 Charlottenburg 287
16 The Far West 302
17 The Southwest: Lakes and Villas 316
IV The East and South 333
18 Stalinallee 335
19 Luisenstadt and the Kreuzberg Mixture 346
20 From the Jewish Museum to Tempelhof 367
21 Schoneberg 387
22 The Communist East 404
V Potsdam 421
23 Potsdam: The Old Town 423
24 Sanssouci Park 436
25 Between Potsdam and Berlin: Waterfront Palaces 447
Appendices 459
Museum Information 460
Further Reading 467
Index 471
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