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The Resource Germany : memories of a nation, Neil MacGregor

Germany : memories of a nation, Neil MacGregor

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Germany : memories of a nation
Title
Germany
Title remainder
memories of a nation
Statement of responsibility
Neil MacGregor
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
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. German history may be inherently fragmented, but it contains a large number of widely shared memories, awarenesses and experiences; examining some of these is the purpose of this book. Beginning with the fifteenth-century invention of modern printing by Gutenberg, MacGregor chooses objects and ideas, people and places which still resonate in the new Germany - porcelain from Dresden and rubble from its ruins, Bauhaus design and the German sausage, the crown of Charlemagne and the gates of Buchenwald - to show us something of its collective imagination. There has never been a book about Germany quite like it
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1946-
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MacGregor, Neil
Dewey number
943
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Germany
  • Germany
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Germany : memories of a nation, Neil MacGregor
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 584-587) and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000053790844
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxxix, 598 pages
Isbn
9780241008331
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
Label
Germany : memories of a nation, Neil MacGregor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 584-587) and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000053790844
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxxix, 598 pages
Isbn
9780241008331
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)

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