Berlin - Washington, 1800-2000: Capital Cities, Cultural by Andreas Daum, Christof Mauch

By Andreas Daum, Christof Mauch

This assortment examines the city areas of Berlin and Washington and offers a comparative cultural heritage of 2 eminent geographical regions within the smooth period. all the towns has assumed, from time to time, a legendary caliber and so they were obvious as collective symbols, with pursuits and contradictions that replicate the realms they symbolize. Such concerns such stand within the centre of this quantity. The authors ask what those capitals have intended for the kingdom and discover the kin among structure, political rules, and social fact. themes variety from Thomas Jefferson's rules in regards to the new capital of the us to the production of the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, from nineteenth-century viewers to small-town Washington to the protesters of the 1968 pupil circulate in West Berlin. This energetic choice of essays speaks to audiences as assorted as historians, city sociologists, architects and readers drawn to cultural stories.

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A capital is a multidimensional reflection of national identity and a repository of a nation’s memory. While a seat of government can evolve into a capital – as the case of Washington demonstrates – the distinction can remain quite clear. The Netherlands’ seat of government is The Hague but its capital is bustling, commercial Amsterdam, the national cultural center. Canberra, Ottawa, New Delhi, and Brasilia are only seats of government; important political decisions are made in these cities, and they receive little public attention except for such decisions.

Then, like Germany exactly Cambridge Collections Online © Cambridge University Press, 2007 34 Kenneth R. 4 Congress first met in Philadelphia, the capital of Pennsylvania, in September 1774. It remained there until June 1783, except when twice threatened by the British army. Philadelphia was known as the “residence of Congress,” even “seat of government” being too exalted a term for a weak confederation dominated by its member states. Congress left in June 1783, arguing that it had not been protected by the state of Pennsylvania when Continental Army soldiers conducted an armed demonstration in front of the Pennsylvania State House (the building known as Independence Hall).

Eine Studie zur politischen Semiotik (Stuttgart, 1990); Johannes Paulmann, Pomp und Politik: Monarchenbegegnungen in Europa zwischen Ancien R´egime und Erstem Weltkrieg (Paderborn, 2000); Andreas W. Daum, Kennedy in Berlin: Politik, Kultur und Emotionen im Kalten Krieg (Paderborn, 2003). For the link between urban dramaturgy and capitalist interests, see Vanessa R. , Selling Places: The City as Cultural Capital, Past and Present (Oxford, 1993). 56 London hosted world exhibitions in 1851 and 1862; Paris in 1855, 1867, 1878, 1889, and 1900; Vienna in 1873.

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