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Germany, memories of a nation, Neil MacGregor

From Neil MacGregor, the author of A History of the World in 100 Objects, this is a view of Germany like no other. For the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental Europe. Twenty-five years ago a new German state came into being. How much do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people now understand themselves? Neil MacGregor argues that uniquely for any European country, no coherent, over-arching narrative of Germany's history can be constructed, for in Germany both geography and history have always been unstable. Its frontiers have constantly floated. Konigsberg, home to the greatest German philosopher, Immanuel Kant, is now Kaliningrad, Russia; Strasbourg, in whose cathedral Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany's greatest writer, discovered the distinctiveness of his country's art and history, now lies within the borders of France. For most of the five hundred years covered by this book Germany has been composed of many separate political units, each with a distinct history. And any comfortable national story Germans might have told themselves before 1914 was destroyed by the events of the following thirty years. E
Table Of Contents
Where is Germany? -- The view from the gate -- Divided heaven -- Lost capitals -- Floating city -- Fragments of power -- Imagining Germany -- A language for all Germans -- Snow White vs. Napoleon -- One nation under Goethe -- Hall of heroes -- One people, many sausages -- The persistent past -- The battle for Charlemagne -- Sculpting the spirit -- The Baltic brothers -- Iron nation -- Two paths from 1848 -- Made in Germany -- In the beginning was the printer -- An artist for all Germans -- The white gold of Saxony -- Masters of metal -- Cradle of the modern -- The descent -- Bismarck the blacksmith -- The suffering witness -- Money in crisis -- Purging the degenerate -- At the Buchenwald gate -- Living with history -- The Germans expelled -- Beginning again -- The new German Jews -- Barlach's angel -- Germany renewed
At foot of cover page: "Accompanies the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series"
Physical Description
xxxix, 598 p. :, col. ill. ;, 24 cm

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