Berlin - Washington, 1800-2000: Capital Cities, Cultural Representation, and National Identities

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 26, 2005 - History - 318 pages
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This collection examines the urban spaces of Berlin and Washington and provides a comparative cultural history of two eminent nation-states in the modern era. Each of the cities has assumed, at times, a mythical quality and they have been seen as collective symbols, with ambitions and contradictions that mirror the nation-states they represent. Such issues such stand in the centre of this volume. The authors ask what these two capitals have meant for the nation and explore the relations between architecture, political ideas, and social reality. Topics range from Thomas Jefferson's ideas about the new capital of the United States to the creation of the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, from nineteenth-century visitors to small-town Washington to the protesters of the 1968 student movement in West Berlin. This lively collection of essays speaks to audiences as diverse as historians, urban sociologists, architects and readers interested in cultural studies.

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Andreas W. Daum is a Professor of Modern History at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taught at the University of Munich, where he earned his doctorate, and has been a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, and a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Harvard University. He is the author of Wissenschaftspopularisierung im 19. Jahrhundert and the coeditor of America, the Vietnam War, and the World, with Lloyd C. Gardner and Wilfried Mausbach, and, with Christof Mauch, of Berlin Washington: Capital Cities, Cultural Representations, and National Identities, both published by Cambridge University Press.

Christof Mauch is Director of the Rachel Carson Center and Director of the Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. Before joining Munich University, he was the Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. Dr Mauch is the author or editor of more than 30 books, some of them award-winning, including Natural Disasters, Cultural Responses: Case Studies Toward a Global Environmental History (2009, edited with Christian Pfister), The World Beyond the Windshield: Landscapes and Roads in Europe and North America (2008, edited with Thomas Zeller), Rivers in History: Perspectives on Waterways in Europe and North America History (2008, edited with Thomas Zeller), Shadow War Against Hitler (2003), and Berlin - Washington, 1800 2000 (2005, edited with Andreas Daum).

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