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Bs discussing Walter Benjamin going to the latest Happening or listening to anarchic punk bands As the housing shortage grew worse ever young people became suatters Attempts to stop the illegal settlements sparked off waves of protest and the streets became the setting for violence ch 17 The Walled City West Berlin Although it is an apparently unified nation state Germany still contains deep prejudices which were exposed by the BerlinBonn uestion Some echo past conflicts rather like the nineteenth century debate about the merits of Berlin over Vienna as the true German capital As before southerners often described Berlin as the home of stiff northern Prussian Protestants who were unimaginative cold militaristic and generally unpleasant Berliners dismissed the south as backward weak disorganized and Catholic ch 18 The New CapitalThis book might be the one to finally make me appreciate history for history s sake not read to warn us about what not to do in a rapidly approaching future but read because it s just interesting in itself Great books ought to inspire as well as inform You can find characters in the history of Berlin that reflect a bit of all of us in some way and presented together these stories make for an emotionally moving portrait of the human condition I dreamed of another literary ending of another feeling from reading this book Reality taught me that if you want to express your position and lean on one side no matter what bring it on but do it righteously fairly and excitingly She didn t for meThis downfall was the nightmare that put a warning spell on every page recounting post 1945 world in Berlin I thought I had learned a lot a brand new world opened up in front of my ignorant eyes from post first world war Berlin to Soviet Army arrival at the end of WWII But then tiny little signs of personal words scattered here and there made me rethink my learning experience Whereas I felt in many cases she was including too many uotes telling exactly the same thing come half of the book you start doubting whether she had included enough to prove her storyApart from many tiny typos one single incorrect information I found on page 783 Chapter 17 The Walled City West Berlin par 1 line 18 in relation to Landshut hijacking on 13 October 1977 most of the hostages were illedreally it looks like from all articles found online they were all freed seemingly aliveprobably she meant hijackers Now it can just be an oversight of the author editor publisher etc but it did fit with my story of the downfall I now I might be too picky but I m just so disappointed that I could not close this book with a superb sigh of excitement of having learned another world A very interesting and well informed historyGood for anyone interested in the Weimar period in Germany Truth in advertising I only read through 1871I am curious about the history of Prussia since that is where about ALL of my ancestors come from and I stumbled across this tome in the local public library This book is a THOROUGH study of all aspects of Berlin and it s importance in European history It had many rises and falls but it s big break came in the 19th Century because of the confluence of Bismarck the Industrial Revolution andthe railroadsThey attempted a revolution in 1848 with the rest of Europe but the Prussian Army was too strong and crushed the rebellion within 3 days So the Germans adopted their attitude of realpolitick and this led towell Kaisers WWI and ultimately to Hitler and WWIII stopped at 1871 because #That Is When My #is when my came over from Prussia
During the 1840s there were several crop failures and people were starving Also due to the Industrial the 1840s there were several crop failures and people were starving Also due to the Industrial the country didn t need as many farmers or weavers Combine this with a rising population and the result was a large number greater than 2 million a Germans emigrating to North America including my great grandfather Adolf in 1871 I would have read the entire book but it s pretty long and I ve got lots of other things that I d like to Read This is an excellent biography of a city that reads much faster than its length promises There were some typos in the ebook version I read and a few passages that showed sloppy research but these minor errors do not detract from a book that s well written and highly informative Not visiting Berlin before German reunification is one of my few regrets Happily Ms Ritchie s concluding chapters convinced me there is continuity with Berlin s history to be found there today than was lost in the massive rebuilding following the dismantling of the Wall Berlin fascinates like no other city because it reflects the best and worst of humanity s aspirations and accomplishments channeled through the glorious excesses of Prussian nationalism Adenauer famously stated that de Nazification wasn t his goal but rather de Prussification as one preceded and empowered the other Why German merchants built a trading post on an island in the Spree how it survived repeated invasions to become the seat of Brandenburg whose electors made a Franconian nobleman their Markgraf
how his descendants grew their tiny principality into the Kingdom Prussia is the core of this book I read the criticism that too much of this book is devoted to a mere twelve years of the Third Reich but I believe that a large section is justified given that the NSDAP regime essentially destroyed the city Ironically Berliners never truly embraced nationalistic dreams after their terrible experiences during the Weimar depression and they remain the least stereo typically German citizens of the Bundesrepublik to this day Berlin beckons to anyone interested in modern history as it s the epicenter of the cataclysm that shaped Post War Europe and it still evokes strong emotions From the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie Berlin remains the most poignant symbol of the Twentieth Century with its tumultuous mix of scientific progress and technological barbarism If you have any interest in how Western Civilization got to where we are now this book is a great place to start I lived in Berlin one summer so I read this book Fascinating stuff It made my time there far meaningful than it would have been otherwise This book is massive so if you re not totally into Berlin history don t attempt it Assuming you are it s completely readable and a good comprehensive introduction to a lot of lesser publicized historical areas The older history gets off to a somewhat slow start I thought so at least but if you can stick with it until Frederick the Great shows up the rest is completely worth it. W of Books Thoroughgoing and engrossing Peter Gay author of My German uestion Outstanding brilliantly written Michael Howard Times Literary Supplement Magnificent should be reuired reading for anyone with any curiosity about where Europe has been and where it is going Piers Paul Read Sunday Telegraph A compelling narrative Philadelphia Inuirer Absorbing Wall Street Journ. A comprehensive and very readable history is sadly dated 1999 and marred by several curious errors ie the synagogue on Oranienburgerstr was not burnt to the ground during Kristallnacht p430 the Hansaviertel is north not south of the Tiergarten p704 the details of the first Wall victims are incorrect p723 most of the hostages were not illed during the Mogadischu hijack rescue p783This potentially brilliant work needs updating and correcting I was very excited to pick this up I m highly interested in Berlin Faust and German history Sadly the book fell far short of the praise it seems to have universally received For that reason I did not finish it gave up after around 140 pages Here s the good the bad and the uglyThe Good As reviewers have noted Richie writes engaging prose It did not feel like work to read this and for a 1100 page survey study of history that is remarkable The author also has a een sense for amusing little anecdotes and witticisms from historyThe Bad Richie seemed unprepared to write such a big survey study Even the earliest events in the history of Berlin and its surroundings going back to the early middle ages or even the Germanic tribes at the border of the Roman empire are viewed through the prism of the 20th century and the particular prism of the Sonderweg school of German historiography So the alleged German Sonderweg does not begin in the 19th or 18th century as other proponents of the idea have it but rather in the most ancient times Berlin and Germany have always had a tendency to violence Berlin has even been founded in an unnatural way in the middle of nowhere although the author does not elaborate what has been natural about the founding of Rome Paris or London my guess Situated on bigger rivers But even that seems uestionable Berlin and Germany have been militaristic at least from the Prussian ings on while the Hohenzollern rule has been conducive to pursuits of the mind Berlin has never been as much of a cultural center as London Paris or Vienna notwithstanding that these cities were much bigger and the centers of much powerful realms at the time whichever outputs the Berlin enlightenment both of the intellectual minds and of the enlightened absolutist ing Frederick II has produced were nothing remarkable as others have done the same which is the only way in which Richie does not see Berlin as a special outlier case except that the German enlightenment was not subversive like its French or British counterpart but rather affirmative of absolutist rule The last argument might in fact be true although I have doubts given at least Kant s proposition of a peaceful world of republics but after Richie has spent over a hundred pages fitting every single aspect of Berlin history into her Sonderweg narrative I am weary of it Not only does she see everything through that prism she also leaves out everything that does not fit it Berliners and Germans she contends fled into the emotionalism and nationalism of Romanticism a literary movement to which she dedicates several pages without mentioning its predecessor classicism which is contrary to that emotionalism and nationalism even onceThe Ugly It is okay for the writer of such a big survey study not to be an expert at everything It should not be too much asked however that they have a firm grip on the basics and good proofreading to make sure errors are avoided as much as possible The book falls short in both regards The terms uoted in German are riddled with errors and at least in the part I read which roughly covers the time until the early 19th century many small factual errors remain often wrong dates which might be typos
and how his descendants grew their tiny principality into the Kingdom
OR IGNORANCEIF IT HAS NOT BEEN ignoranceIf it has not been enough Faust s Metropolis is the daring attempt to construct a skyscraping Sonderweg of two millennia on the sandy ground of lack of research It fails I have only become interested in German history recently I have read another book about the history of Berlin Berlin and so was already familiar with Berlin s history This book went further starting in the Middle Ages when Berlin was founded The chapters I most enjoyed were about the First World War the Golden Twenties and the Nazis I also enjoyed the chapters about the Second World War the Battle of Berlin and the Cold War I was disappointed that the book ended before Berlin became Germany s capital againAfter reading this book I intend to read about German history especially about the aftermath of the Second World War and how Germany West Germany in part This post also appears on Medium and can be viewed hereIt seems like I should mention that this book is long even though I don t think I once noticed its length That said "histories of entire countries have been written in less than half the length of this book EH Gombrich "of entire countries have been written in less than half the length of this book EH Gombrich A Little History of the World is nearly a uarter of the size Just a fair warningI imagine that plenty of people fall in love with Berlin when they visit for the first time The experience for me wasn t exactly love like you usually love a place as it s not like you can snap a few pictures and make a few memories and that s it There was much about my first visit there which was intimidating dark yet friendly familiar yet guarded This book takes you through history to give you the beginnings of an answer to where those impressions might come from Berlin was at once an object of my affection and a mirror reflecting back at me my own worst ualities my thoughts and dreams a history of emotional scarring made concrete Richie s book deserves a read even if you aren t familiar with Berlin the place though because no other city can claim to having such a front row seat for some of the most traumatic moments of twentieth century history For many Europeans Berlin is the visual icon of the twentieth century in all its miserable glory This book then is a concise history of Europe along with an intimate portrait of a uniue city It is arguably much better written than similar books in its genre eg Ackroyd s so called biography of London and feels shorter and snappier than that book despite being uite a bit longer After Ackroyd I felt confused after Richie I feel like I ve lived a hundred different livesThere appears to be a few minor historical errors and typos here and there as my copy seems to be an old proofreader s copy before corrections were presumably made in later editions But there s so much content here I hardly think that makes a difference Even one or two typos per thousand sentences is pretty good for a work of this length I find the style and the energy of the writing to be much impor. Berlin called the Schicksal Stadt Deutschlands the City of German Destiny has been at the heart of the most important events of not only Germany but also modern Europe In this powerful historical narrative Oxford historian Alexandra Richie follows Berlin from its Medieval foundation to the nation building dreams of Frederick the Great and Bismarck Most important she conc. ,
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Tant for overall impact and this book delivers style as well as substanceI ll include some uotes from various chapters that stood out to me if you don t care to read through them all you can skip to the end for my closing bit Berlin is rarely thought of as a centre of Romanticism rather the label is usually applied to regions like Bavaria with its Ludwig II fairy tale architecture or to the Rhine with its great ruins towering above the water and its legends of river gods or magic rings This image is wrong Despite Berlin s post war attempts to distance itself from a movement now associated with everything from nationalism to Nazism it was in fact the most important centre of German Romanticism in the Napoleonic period ch 3 The Emerging Giant The economic rise of Berlin throughout the nineteenth century is one of the most remarkable success stories in history made all the dramatic given the depth to which it had fallen under Napoleon In the early part of the century Berlin had been an economic backwater languishing on the edge of western Europe when Napoleon marched in it had only one steam engine in the Royal Porcelain Works and even that did not work Compared with the new English industrial cities like Birmingham and Manchester Berlin was little than a village and locked as it was in the midst of a sandy wasteland seemed an unnatural place for an economic giant And yet within decades it had become the mightiest industrial capital on the continent No European city rose from obscurity so uickly and none would be so drunk on its success ch 4 From Revolution to Realpolitik Hard work now seemed to mean nothing one could only get ahead through crime black marketeering or prostitution Berliners experienced an inversion of values and a new moral relativism far acute than that seen after the 1873 crash and by the mid 1920s many of the social ties which had bound the Berlin upper and middle class together had completely broken down Retired generals or diplomats on fixed pensions could be seen rummaging in the streets for scraps of food Public monuments had to be removed from the city centre as they were plundered by scavengers while door handles mailboxes garden rails roof tiles and anything else that could be taken disappeared Girls of twelve or fourteen prostituted themselves after school with their parents approval ch 8 The Bitter Aftermath of War That last birthday party was a turning point in the collapse of the Third Reich Goebbels delivered his customary eulogy over the radio and Hitler held a conference at which he stormed You will see the Russians are about to suffer the bloodiest defeat of their history at the gates of Berlin Eva Braun had managed to find a gramophone and one record Red Roses which she played over and over again while Bormann Ribbentrop and the others danced around with the secretaries trying to look cheerful But behind the smiles many of Hitler s closest associates were plotting their escapes Some tried to persuade Hitler to leave the F hrerbunker and flee to Bavaria where he might be safe He refused still insisting on victory Speer was aware that the end was near and even tried to help some Berliners to escape the city In the process he organized one of the most bizarre events of the Battle of Berlin the final concert given by the Berlin Philharmonic Speer had long been trying to persuade Wilhelm Furtw ngler to flee to Switzerland but he had declined saying what about my orchestra As a result Speer promised that he would warn the musicians when the end was near by reuesting Brucker s Romantic Symphony as a signal that they should pack up and go into hiding The reuest came on 12 April Speer was determined to put on a last real show and despite the electricity rations lit up the whole concert hall Absurd I now but I thought that Berlin should see that lovely hall miraculously still intact just once fully lit Nicolaus von Below attended the extraordinary concert and remembered It was unforgettable I sat with Speer and Admiral D nitz and listened to Beethoven s Violin Concerto the finale from the G tterdammerung and Bruckner s symphony Can there ever have been such a moment such an experience Silently the three of us walked afterwards across the totally destroyed Potsdamer Platz back to the Reich Chancellery At the end she noticed that baskets were offered to spectators on the way out cyanide capsules Speer was just horrified We never found out who organized it but doubtless the party The baskets were offered by Hitler Youths in uniform children ch 13 The Fall of Berlin The single worst feature of the Soviet occupation was the rape All women were treated as the soldiers rightful property Attacks were particularly vindictive in the last days of April and the first week in May although they continued long into the occupation Soldiers came into cellars brandishing revolvers and dragged the women into hallways or half bombed rooms there they were taken by individual soldiers or gang raped and sometimes murdered Regina Frankenfeld remembered that as the Russians came they just raped the women They lined them up against the wall they dragged my mother and my grandmother out they raped her too just like they did me dear God as they stood there with their machine guns my mother said Well now we ll probably be shot And I said It s all the same to me It really was all the same to me I mean we had nothing to lose ch 13 The Fall of Berlin The stuttering economy affected morale in the GDR Although East Germans had the highest GDP per head in the eastern bloc the people measured their success not against Albania but against the images of West Germany projected into their homes every night via western radio and television By comparison East Germany looked poor The people of the GDR worked hard but how could they improve their lot when over half of their goods were exported to the Soviet Union while the rest went to West Germany for hard currency Local people had to wait years for simple household appliances like washing machines and refrigerators it sometimes took twenty years to get a telephone ch 16 East Berlin The counter culture which developed in West Berlin in the 1970s made it a much complex and interesting city than its bland West German counterparts By the I Lived There I lived there contained a huge assortment of punks and gays intellectuals and artists communes and anarchist groups like the Spontis who lived in self contained ghettos shielded from the rest of the world The city attracted artists and writers playwrights and sculptors who hung around alternative caf s and clu. Entrates on the city during the twentieth century's upheavals the Weimar Republic's decadent capital; Hitler and Goebbels's fascist metropolis; the city divided by the Cold War Published to international acclaim Faust's Metropolis is history at its most enthralling Brilliant work the material is all fascinating and Richie is an excellent descriptive writer New York Revie.