Moscow

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Overview

No European city has undergone as much upheaval in the past fifteen years as Moscow. The stage for the fall of a world empire and the rebirth of a globally-connected Russia, Moscow has transformed from a monochrome capital city to a new Babylon iridescent with neon lights. Karl Schlögel's Moscow offers a fascinating and engaging portrait of this international metropolis in transformation.

First published in German in 1984, and now rapidly attaining the status of a classic work, this debut English edition of Moscow has been updated with a new introduction and conclusion covering the post-Soviet period. Schlögel describes the modern history of Moscow from various aspects as he explores the city's streets and unearths the rich histories of its buildings, monuments, and parks. A city where the past and future continually clash, Moscow struggles to define its global role in the twenty-first century, and Karl Schlögel's insightful essays in Moscow provide a valuable window into the complex and resilient character of the ever-evolving capital and its citizens.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861892409
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Series: Reaktion Books - Topographics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,305,142
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Schlögel is a historian and essayist who teaches at the Europa University Vadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. His many books include histories of Berlin and Petersburg.

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Table of Contents

Prologue : the eye of the beholder 9
1 Starting with the surface 17
2 High-rise buildings 22
3 Strata 35
4 A rampant boom 41
5 A note on Shekhtel 54
6 Buildings that were never built 58
7 The shadow of an imaginary tower 67
8 A mise-en-scene for the moment 82
9 Let reason reign! 86
10 VDNKh 100
11 Classicism and romanticism 104
12 On the edge of an era 112
13 Railway stations 121
14 Second-hand bookshops 131
15 The strong man and the hero 147
16 Vsya Moskva 161
17 Red forum 178
18 Proximity and distance 194
19 Inscriptions on a black background 200
20 The conservatory 207
21 Proletarian stronghold 215
22 Museums 223
23 An excursus on excursions 236
24 Intermediate worlds 238
25 Gathering evidence 247
26 Zamoskovoreche 266
27 Metro 277
28 Illustration 290
29 Monasteries and cemeteries 24
30 Knowing and seeing 306
31 In the footsteps of Walter Benjamin 311
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