Auther: Neil MacGregor
A unique view of Germany from the author of 'A History of the World in 100 Objects', Neil MacGregor. Germany has been the central power in continental Europe for over 140 years. Twenty-five years ago the collapse of the Berlin wall brought about a new German state. In this book MacGregor explores how much do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people now understand themselves? and 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. 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 i.e. porcelain from Dresden and rubble from its ruins, Bauhaus design and the German sausage to illustrate something of its collective imagination. 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.
Publisher: Allen Lane