National Monuments and Nationalism in 19th Century Germany
©2009 Monographs 376 Pages
Series: New German-American Studies / Neue Deutsch-Amerikanische Studien, Volume 31
No century in modern European history has built monuments with more enthusiasm than the 19th. Of the hundreds of monuments erected, those which sprang from a nation-wide initiative and addressed themselves to a nation, rather than part of a nation, we may call national monuments. Nelson’s Column in London or the Arc de Triomphe in Paris are obvious examples. In Germany the 19th century witnessed a veritable flood of monuments, many of which rank as national monuments. These reflected and contributed to a developing sense of national identity and the search for national unity; they also document an unsuccessful effort to create a «genuinely German» style. They constitute a historical record, quite apart from aesthetic appeal or ideological message. As this historical record is examined, German national monuments of the 19th century are described and interpreted against the background of the nationalism which gave birth to them.
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- 2011 (April)
- Geschichte 1800-1900 Brandenburg Gate Deutschland Nationalismus Nationaldenkmal Nationalism Wittenberg Historical record
- Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2008. 376 pp., 6 coloured and 59 b/w ill.