Germany: Memories of a Nation

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How do you tell the history of a people, and a country, that has only existed for a little over 100 years. That is a struggle that historians must face when they talk about German history, since there has only been a unified Germany since 1871; before that it, was a loose collection of free cities and principalities. This book explores the idea of a German nation and how the sense of Germany has been defined through objects, buildings, cities, people, and events. Each short chapter explains the importance and how it fits into a national narrative for a country that did not exist yet, and how people in Germany view it as their national narrative; even though many of these places are now in other countries. Contrasting these monuments, events, etc. with more established national narratives in England and France the author helps to bring to life a German identity. Neil MacGregor does a good job going through a wide variety of time frames, and often time showing how they are felt today within the country. This would be a good book for a young student wanting to get a broad overall picture.

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Author Neil MacGregor
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 656 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 2015-Sep-29
ISBN 9781101875667
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Issue December 2015
Category History


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