Description - Before the Bauhaus by John V. Maciuika
Before the Bauhaus re-evaluates the political, architectural, and artistic cultures of pre-World War I Germany. As contradictory and conflict-ridden as the German Second Reich itself, the world of architects, craftsmen and applied-arts 'artists' were not immune to the expansionist, imperialist, and capitalist struggles that transformed Germany in the quarter-century leading up to the First World War. In this study, John Maciuika brings together architectural and design history, political history, social and cultural geography. He substantially revises our understanding of the roots of the Bauhaus and, by extension, the historical roots of twentieth-century German architecture and design. His book sheds new light on hotly contested debates pertaining to the history of Germany in the pre-World War I era, notably the issues surrounding 'modernity' and 'anti-modernity' in Wilhelmine Germany, the character and effectiveness of the government administration, and the role played by the nation's most important architects, members of the rising bourgeois class, in challenging the traditional aristocracy at the top of the new German economic and social order.
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(253mm x 177mm x 23mm)
Cambridge University Press
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Author Biography - John V. Maciuika
John V. Maciuika is assistant professor of art and architectural history at the City University of New York, Baruch College, and the City University of New York Graduate Center Ph.D. program in art history. A recipient of fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Graham Foundation, the NEH, and the DAAD, he has contributed to Centropa, Design Issues, and German Studies Review. He was the winner of the Year 2000 Research Article Prize from the German Studies Association of North America.