Germany: Memories of a Nation

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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. Königsberg, 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.

Neil MacGregor has been Director of the British Museum since August 2002. He was Director of the National Gallery in London from 1987 to 2002. His previous books include A History of the World in 100 Objects and Shakespeare's Restless World, now between them translated into more than a dozen languages.

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Neil MacGregor is our greatest cultural polymath ... an excellent book ... Anyone who wants to understand Germany should read this (Antony Beevor Observer)

His method is memory. His way in is through objects and people, places and buildings ... MacGregor knows unerringly which objects to select and which chapters of Germany's 'enrichingly and confusingly fragmented history' to bring to life through them ... This book is immaculately researched, timely and important (Rebecca K Morrison Independent)

This impassioned project will bear the scrutiny it invites ... Germany: Memories of a Nation is deeply felt, carefully conceived and an important addition to any consideration of the shape not only of modern Germany but of Europe as a whole ( Economist)

Magnificently illustrated and superbly edited ... It's hard to imagine a method more successful than MacGregor's - the careful juxtaposition of singular objects with their surrounding history - for conveying the complexities of Germany's continuing journey away from its past (Miranda Seymour Telegraph)

MacGregor ... dips and weaves from one entity to another ... It is an enjoyable, switchback ride - we never know where we are going next (Peter Watson The Times)

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Descrizione libro Allen Lane/Penguin Books, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 16 x 24 cm. Today, as the dominant economic force in Europe, Germany looms as large as ever over world affairs. But how much do we really understand about it, and how do its people understand themselves? In this enthralling new book, Neil MacGregor guides us through the complex history, culture and identity of this most mercurial of countries by telling the stories behind 30 objects in his uniquely magical way. Beginning with the fifteenth-century invention of the Gutenberg press, MacGregor ventures beyond the usual sticking point of the Second World War to get to the heart of a nation that has given us Luther and Hitler, the Beetle and Brecht - and remade our world again and again. This is a view of Germany like no other. Printed Pages: 637. Codice libro della libreria 79650

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Descrizione libro Allen Lane/Penguin Books, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 16 x 24 cm. Today, as the dominant economic force in Europe, Germany looms as large as ever over world affairs. But how much do we really understand about it, and how do its people understand themselves? In this enthralling new book, Neil MacGregor guides us through the complex history, culture and identity of this most mercurial of countries by telling the stories behind 30 objects in his uniquely magical way. Beginning with the fifteenth-century invention of the Gutenberg press, MacGregor ventures beyond the usual sticking point of the Second World War to get to the heart of a nation that has given us Luther and Hitler, the Beetle and Brecht - and remade our world again and again. This is a view of Germany like no other. Printed Pages: 637. Codice libro della libreria 79650

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