From the Berlin Museum to the Berlin Wall: Essays on the Cultural and Political History of Modern Germany

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - History - 212 pages


These essays by nine distinguished historians deal with prominent personalities in German history over the last two centuries; and they are dominated by two themes. First, they trace the growth and flowering of German culture in areas like print and architecture and painting and how this transformed relationships and procedures in everyday life. Second, they follow the rise of a political consciousness on the part of the Germans, and the consequences this consciousness had for nationalism in the 19th and 20th centuries. In throwing light on the art of Schinkel and Liebermann, on the undertakings of Lichtwark, on the policies of Bismarck, and on the ordeals of Rathenau and Hitler and Beck and Faulhaber and Brandt, these nine essays offer a salutary guidepost to a past that is as rich as it is terrifying.

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Contents

Aesthetic Theory and Architectural Practice Schinkels Museum in Berlin
11
The Cost of Culture On Liebermann Lichtwark and Others
31
Bismarck South Germany and the Problem of 1870
43
the Old Prussian and the Peoples William Some Centennial Reflections on Otto von Bismarck and William Ewart Gladstone
61
Walther Rathenau and the Vision of Modernity
87
Hitlers Impact on History
109
Moral Choice in Officialdom General Ludwig Beck in the Year of Munic
127
Cardinal Faulhaber and the Third Reich
145
The Making of ein Berliner Kennedy Brandt and the Origins of Détente Policy in Germany
169
Selected Bibliography
191
Index
199
About the Editor and Contributors
211
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DAVID WETZEL works in Administration at the University of California, Berkeley.

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