By (author) David Clay Large
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Berlin by David Clay Large
Book DescriptionIn the political history of the past century, no city has played a more prominent-though often disastrous-role than Berlin. At the same time, Berlin has also been a dynamic center of artistic and intellectual innovation. If Paris was the "Capital of the Nineteenth Century," Berlin was to become the signature city for the next hundred years. Once a symbol of modernity, in the Thirties it became associated with injustice and the abuse of power. After 1945, it became the iconic City of the Cold War. Since the fall of the Wall, Berlin has again come to represent humanity's aspirations for a new beginning, tempered by caution deriving from the traumas of the recent past. David Clay Large's definitive history of Berlin is framed by the two German unifications of 1871 and 1990. Between these two events several themes run like a thread through the city's history: a persistent inferiority complex; a distrust among many ordinary Germans, and the national leadership of the "unloved city's" electric atmosphere, fast tempo, and tradition of unruliness; its status as a magnet for immigrants, artists, intellectuals, and the young; the opening up of social, economic, and ethnic divisions as sharp as the one created by the Wall.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465026326
(235mm x 178mm x 36mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 18-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David Clay Large
End of the European Era, Paperback (January 2009)
The new sixth edition of the leading text in contemporary European history is now thoroughly revised with up-to-date scholarship.
Nazi Games, Hardback (June 2007)
Athletics and politics collide in a critical event for Nazi Germany and the contemporary world.
And the World Closed Its Doors, Paperback (April 2004)» View all books by David Clay Large
More clearly than many other books, Large's account depicts the tragic abandonment of the Jews by Western Nations.- Booklist
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Author Biography - David Clay Large
David Clay Large, Professor of History at Montana State University, is a specialist in modern German history. He is the author of Where Ghosts Walked, Germans to the Front, Between Two Fires, and Berlin. He lives in Bozeman, Montana, and San Francisco, California.
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