National Monuments and Nationalism in 19th Century Germany

by Hans A. Pohlsander (Author)
Monographs 375 Pages


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.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (April)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2008. 375 pp., 6 coloured and 59 b/w ill.

Biographical notes

Hans A. Pohlsander (Author)

The Author: Hans A. Pohlsander is a native of Germany, but a long-time resident of the United States. He holds degrees from the University of Utah, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan. He is professor emeritus of Classics and Religious Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. His principal publications are Helena: Empress and Saint (Chicago 1995) and The Emperor Constantine (London 1996 and 2004). He has also edited Volumes VII and XII of Sources for the History of Cyprus (New York 1999 and 2006).


Title: National Monuments and Nationalism in 19th Century Germany