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Description - Reading Berlin 1900 by Peter Fritzsche

The great cities at the turn of the century were mediated by words--newspapers, advertisements, signs, and schedules--by which the inhabitants lived, dreamed, and imagined their surroundings. In this original study of the classic text of urban modernism--the newspaper page--Peter Fritzsche analyzes how reading and writing dramatized Imperial Berlin and anticipated the modernist sensibility that celebrated discontinuity, instability, and transience. It is a sharp-edged story with cameo appearances by Georg Simmel, Walter Benjamin, and Alfred Doeblin. This sumptuous history of a metropolis and its social and literary texts provides a rich evocation of a particularly exuberant and fleeting moment in history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674748828
ISBN-10: 0674748824
Format: Paperback / softback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peter Fritzsche

Peter Fritzsche is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign..

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