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German cities and bourgeois modernism, 1890-1924 /
Maiken Umbach.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
description
xi, 253 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
019955739X (alk. paper), 9780199557394 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
isbn
019955739X (alk. paper)
9780199557394 (alk. paper)
contents note
The sense of time : configuring history and memory in the city -- The sense of place : representing the local in the modern city -- Nature and culture : greening the city -- The designed object : commercial culture and the global market -- Liberal governmentality and the spatial politics of "Burgerlichkeit" -- Conclusion and epilogue : Bourgeois modernism and national socialism.
catalogue key
6936378
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"An inventive and interesting study of the intersections among the histories of society, culture, and design." --German Studies Review
"An inventive and interesting study of the intersections among the histories of society, culture, and design." --German Studies Review "This slim work rests on immense learning...[A] book so rich in detail and so confident in examining different scales of style." --American Historical Review
A sophisticated re-evaluation of German bourgeois modernism through the lens of material culture.
Maiken Umbach has written a brilliant, provocative and engaging study of bourgeois modernism that will make a substantial impact upon the scholarship of modern German history and culture.
this study of the material culture of German modernism clearly provides readers with a scintillating exercise in environmental and aesthetic history.
Umbach's arguments will be of considerable interest to German historians and to architectural, urban, and cultural historians ... deserves a wide audience.
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Summaries
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This book is a study of the distinctive brand of modernism that emerged in late 19th century Germany, illustrating through a series of analyses of key buildings and urban spaces how bourgeois modernism shaped the infrastructure of social and political life in the early twentieth century and transformed German cities.
Long Description
This is a study of a distinctive brand of modernism that first emerged in late nineteenth-century Germany and remained influential throughout the inter-war years and beyond. Its supporters saw themselves as a new elite, ideally placed to tackle the many challenges facing the young and rapidly industrializing German nation-state. They defined themselves as bourgeois, and acted as self-appointed champions of a modern consciousness. Focusing on figures such as Hermann Muthesius, FritzSchumacher, and Karl-Ernst Osthaus, and the activities of the Deutscher Werkbund and other networks of bourgeois designers, writers, and 'experts', this book shows how bourgeois modernism shaped the infrastructure of social and political life in early twentieth-century Germany.Bourgeois modernism exercised its power not so much in the realm of ideas, but by transforming the physical environment of German cities, from domestic interiors, via consumer objects, to urban and regional planning. Drawing on a detailed analysis of key material sites of bourgeois modernism, and interpreting them in conjunction with written sources, this study offers new insights into the history of the bourgeois mindset and its operations in the private and public realms. Thematic chaptersexamine leitmotifs such as the sense of locality and place, the sense of history and time, and the sense of nature and culture. Yet for all its self-conscious progressivism, German bourgeois modernism was not an inevitable precursor of neo-liberal global capitalism. It remained a hotly contestedhistorical construct, which was constantly re-defined in different geographical and political settings.
Main Description
A study of the distinctive brand of modernism that emerged in late 19th century Germany and remained influential throughout the inter-war years and beyond, illustrating through a series of in-depth analyses of key buildings and urban spaces how bourgeios modernism shaped the infrastructure of social and political life in the early twentieth century and transformed the physical environment of German cities.
Main Description
This is a study of a distinctive brand of modernism that first emerged in late nineteenth-century Germany and remained influential throughout the inter-war years and beyond. Its supporters saw themselves as a new elite, ideally placed to tackle the many challenges facing the young and rapidlyindustrializing German nation-state. They defined themselves as bourgeois, and acted as self-appointed champions of a modern consciousness. Focusing on figures such as Hermann Muthesius, Fritz Schumacher, and Karl-Ernst Osthaus, and the activities of the Deutscher Werkbund and other networks ofbourgeois designers, writers, and 'experts', this book shows how bourgeois modernism shaped the infrastructure of social and political life in early twentieth-century Germany.Bourgeois modernism exercised its power not so much in the realm of ideas, but by transforming the physical environment of German cities, from domestic interiors, via consumer objects, to urban and regional planning. Drawing on a detailed analysis of key material sites of bourgeois modernism, andinterpreting them in conjunction with written sources, this study offers new insights into the history of the bourgeois mindset and its operations in the private and public realms. Thematic chapters examine leitmotifs such as the sense of locality and place, the sense of history and time, and thesense of nature and culture. Yet for all its self-conscious progressivism, German bourgeois modernism was not an inevitable precursor of neo-liberal global capitalism. It remained a hotly contested historical construct, which was constantly re-defined in different geographical and politicalsettings.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The sense of Time: Configuring History and Memory in the Cityp. 27
The Sense of Place: Representing the Local in the Modern Cityp. 64
Nature and Culture: Greening the Cityp. 106
The Designed Object: Commercial Culture and the Global Marketp. 142
Liberal Governmentality and the Spatial Politics of 'Burgerlichkeit'p. 168
Conclusin and Epilogue: Bourgeois Modernism and National Socialismp. 193
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 247
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