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The Companion Guide to Berlin : Companion Guides - Brian Ladd

The Companion Guide to Berlin

Companion Guides

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Published: 1st June 2004
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Most people do not think of Berlin as a beautiful city, but it is filled with stunning sights, sounds and textures, all the more astonishing when the stories behind them are revealed. Today's Berlin is new and vibrant, but history has left its scars. A look in the right place is rewarded with glimpses of the glories of old Prussia as well as the abominations of Hitler's Third Reich and of the outer bulwark of the Soviet empire. Brian Ladd, a historian who has been returning to Berlin for twenty-five years, pays homage to the familiar landmarks, but he also penetrates into obscure corners of the city and brings them alive with his shrewd and informed comment. He explains what the sights of Berlin have meant to Berliners who coped under kings and dictators, and who toiled, suffered and celebrated as their city was destroyed and rebuilt. This book invites you to share their passions as it draws you into the dynamic new capital that has risen from wreckage of post-war German history. BRIAN LADD is at the State University of New York at Albany. He has been a constant visitor to Berlin over a quarter of a century.

A valuable addition to writing about a city that has played a central role in shaping the modern world. SUNDAY TIMES, BOOKS OF THE WEEK

List of Illustrationsp. vii
List of Mapsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Overview Mapp. x
Orientationp. 1
Centerp. 13
Unter den Linden and the Museum Islandp. 15
Alexanderplatz and the Old Townp. 52
The Reichstagp. 74
Friedrichstrasse and the Newspaper Quarterp. 90
Wilhelmstrasse: from Bismarck to Hitlerp. 116
Potsdamer Platz and the Kulturforump. 132
North of the Centerp. 157
Spandauer Vorstadtp. 159
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Stadtp. 179
Borderlandsp. 192
Prenzlauer Bergp. 208
The Industrial North: Moabit, Wedding, and Beyondp. 227
The Westp. 241
Around the Zoop. 243
The Tiergartenp. 258
Kurfurstendammp. 271
Charlottenburgp. 287
The Far Westp. 302
The Southwest: Lakes and Villasp. 316
The East and Southp. 333
Stalinalleep. 335
Luisenstadt and the Kreuzberg Mixturep. 346
From the Jewish Museum to Tempelhofp. 367
Schonebergp. 387
The Communist Eastp. 404
Potsdamp. 421
Potsdam: The Old Townp. 423
Sanssouci Parkp. 436
Between Potsdam and Berlin: Waterfront Palacesp. 447
Appendicesp. 459
Museum Informationp. 460
Further Readingp. 467
Indexp. 471
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ISBN: 9781900639286
ISBN-10: 1900639289
Series: Companion Guides
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 514
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.66