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Author Föllmer, Moritz
Title Individuality and modernity in Berlin : self and society from Weimar to the Wall / Moritz Föllmer
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013
book jacket
LOCATION CALL # STATUS OPACMSG BARCODE
 Modern History Library  943.155087 F668    AVAILABLE    30550100544111
 人文社會聯圖  DD866 .F59 2013    AVAILABLE    30610020459814
Descript ix, 312 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Series New studies in European history
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 278-305) and index
"Moritz Föllmer traces the history of individuality in Berlin from the late 1920s to the construction of the Berlin Wall in August 1961. The demand to be recognised as an individual was central to metropolitan society, as were the spectres of risk, isolation and loss of agency. This was true under all five regimes of the period, through economic depression, war, occupation and reconstruction. The quest for individuality could put democracy under pressure, as in the Weimar years, and could be satisfied by a dictatorship, as was the case in the Third Reich. It was only in the course of the 1950s, when liberal democracy was able to offer superior opportunities for consumerism, that individuality finally claimed the mantle. Individuality and Modernity in Berlin proposes a fresh perspective on twentieth-century Berlin that will engage readers with an interest in the German metropolis as well as European urban history more broadly"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 278-305) and index
Machine generated contents note: Introduction -- Part I. Weimar Berlin -- Risk, isolation and unstable selfhood -- Flexibility, authenticity and consumption -- Reform, scandal and extremism -- Part II. Nazi Berlin -- Redefining legitimate individuality -- Jewish Berliners' ambiguous quest for agency -- Heroism, withdrawal and privatist loyalty -- Part III. Post-War and Cold-War Berlin -- Defeat, self-help and the dissociation from Nazism -- Socialist ambitions and individualist expectations -- Anti-totalitarianism, domesticity and ambivalent modernity -- Conclusion
Subject Berlin (Germany) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
Berlin (Germany) -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Individuality -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century
Self -- Social aspects -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century
Risk -- Social aspects -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century
Agent (Philosophy) -- Social aspects -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century
Social isolation -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century
City and town life -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century
Social change -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century
Politics and culture -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century
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