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Germany: Memories of a Nation free pdf 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 understand themselves? Neil MacGregor argues that, uniquely for any European country, no coherent, overarching narrative of Germany's history can be constructed, for in Germany both geography and history have always been unstable. Its frontiers have constantly shifted. Konigsberg, home to the greatest German philosopher, Immanuel Kant, is now Kaliningrad, Russia- Strasbourg, in whose cathedral Wolfgang von Geothe, 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. MacGregor chooses objects and ideas, people and places that 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."

About Neil MacGregor

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

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Author : Neil MacGregor
Publisher : Knopf Publishing Group
Data Published : 29 September 2015
ISBN : 1101875666
EAN : 9781101875667
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 656 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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