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    Every moment spent reading this was worthwhile The thematic approach of MacGregor is highly entertaining and his lucid and witty prose is a delight to read Instead of attempting comprehensiveness Macgregor stitches a colorful patchwork uilt out of 30 intriguing and incisive miniature essays illustrating masterfully Germany’s complex and fraught cultural history The book is a remarkable encomium to modern Germany and the sensib

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    Years ago when yet another hour of Hitler programming chugged on to the TV screen I'd wonder if perhaps we could have a documentary on Biedermeier era furniture just to suggest that there could be something else German that might interest the wider world than just the Third Reich MacGregor's radio series is in a

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    A nation's culture molds every citizen's inward soul whether or not they agree with what it expresses Like it or not those various ingredients of culture also fashion a nation's outward historyNeil MacGregor the director of the British Museum since 2002 has loaded his painter's brush from the broad palette of German culture with vivid colors from Charles the Great Charlemagne to Chancellor Angela Merkel blending together an almos

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    Introduction Monuments and memories Germany Memories of a Nation Illustrations and Photographic CreditsBibliographyAcknowledgementsIndex

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    Volkswagen Adidas Puma Mercedes Lufthansa logo itself is a German invention Albrecht Durer defining artist of Germany porcelain factory in Dresden metal craftsmanship Nuremberg opera and master singers clock watches Black Forest cuck

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    This wonderful book is the end result of an exhibition held in the British Museum under Neil MacGregor's directorshipThe research that went into the exhibition appeared as 12 programs on BBC 4 and finally emerged in book form which I've had to read electronically but will keep searching for a hard copy Kindle is

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    Written by Neil MacGregor once the Director of the British Museum who happens to know a lot about Germany Perhaps the book would be better called Monuments and Museums of Germany uirky composition of Germany’s history examined largely through arts and objects Surprisingly good prose and eclectic topics such as lost capitals We learn that Konigsberg was once a historic German city famous as the birthplace of Emmanuel Kant The ci

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    A fascinating view on German history from a British point of view McGregor's focus on items as touchstones for his narrative is pri

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    Reading a chapter for breakfast each day morning treat Hurrah for Neil McGregor He enlightened me so many times by now with his books made me see familiar things through a different lense First world history next Shakespeare now my home country His thought make me so much aware of the thoughts beliefs associations I grew up with Thought prov

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    From BBC Radio 4Neil MacGregor Director of the British Museum begins his series examining 600 years of German history thr

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A major new series of a PDFEPUB #192 from the makers of A History of the World in Objects exploring the fascinating and complex history of Germany from the origins of the Holy Roman Germany Memories PDFEPUB or Empire right up to the present day Written and presented by Neil MacGregor it is produced by BBC Radio in partnership. A nation s culture molds every citizen s inward soul whether or not they agree with what it expresses Like it or not those various ingredients of culture also fashion a nation s outward historyNeil MacGregor the director of the British Museum since 2002 has loaded his painter s brush from the broad palette of German culture with vivid colors from Charles the Great Charlemagne to Chancellor Angela Merkel blending together an almost cubist portrait of the German soul under the title Germany Memories of a NationSome may argue MacGregor s omissions but he has thrown together enough eccentric pigments from literature theatre art music architecture beer sausages the Gutenberg printing press to Volkswagens and and the graphic art of emergency currency notes splashing them across a broad canvas of time to captivate most any discerning audienceThis is a breezy informative compelling read Just when I thought it was going to take a wrong turn with the chapter on Bismark and devolve into an historical tract cobbled together by a rank outsider Mr MacGregor dragged me back inside the interior soul of Germany with the very next chapter on the artist K the Kollwitz K the Kollwitz is probably best known for her sculpture of two grieving parents in the military cemetery at Roggevelde Belgian They are separate sculptures of a mother and father kneeling in grief next to but oblivious to one another Each is too consumed with their own personal agony to be aware of anyone or anything elseHer other well known work is a Piet located in the Neue Wache It is the National Memorial to the Victims of War and Dictatorship In contrast to Michaelangelo s masterpiece Kollwitz s humble mother seems to be protecting the corpse of her dead son from any further assault by drawing it closer towards herself I have stood before Michaelangleo s Piet appropriately after the conclusion of an Easter Mass It did not speak to me with anything near the brute force of Kollwitz s Piet K the Kollwitz was reaching deep inside her own wounded heart with this moving sculpture Her son was too young to enlist during WWI without parental permission K the pleaded with her husband until he agreed to give the boy consent to enlist He was killed a few months laterAlthough I may complain about the omission of Weimar giants such as George Grosz and Otto Dix the chapter on K the Kollwitz alone is worth the price of admission I especially recommend this book as an intellectual guidebook for any Americans making their first trip to Germany

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Germany Memories of a Nation

Ts devastating tragedies and it explores the profound influence that Germany s history culture and inventiveness have had across EuropeThe objects featured in the radio series range from large sculptures to small individual artifacts and items that are prosaic iconic and symbolic Each has a story to tell and a memory to invoke. Written by Neil MacGregor once the Director of the British Museum who happens to know a lot about Germany Perhaps the book would be better called Monuments and Museums of Germany uirky composition of Germany s history examined largely through arts and objects Surprisingly good prose and eclectic topics such as lost capitals We learn that Konigsberg was once a historic German city famous as the birthplace of Emmanuel Kant The city and its surrounding enclave lie some 300 miles from Berlin and than 300 miles from Russia After Konigsberg was virtually destroyed by RAF bombing in WWII and then Germany lost the war the area was taken over by the Soviet Union and renamed as Kaliningrad Kaliningrad largely because of its access to the Baltic Sea is still part of Russia today despite its odd geographical isolation from RussiaSome of my other favorite topics were in no particular order as follows 1 Judengasse the centuries old Jewish street in Frankfurt2 Trummerfrau the rubble women of Dresden and elsewhere who helped rebuild Germany after WWII3 Buchenwald Gate4 Bauhaus Artistry movement5 Walhalla and the Hall of Heroes overlooking the Danube6 Strausburg the floating city on the Rhine7 Prague once part of Germany and a brief history of Kafka45 stars Highly recommended

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With the British MuseumWhilst Germany s past is too often Memories of a ePUB #9734 seen through the prism of the two World Wars this series investigates a wider six hundred year old history of the nation through its objects It examines the key moments that have defined Germany s past its great world changing achievements and i. This wonderful book is the end result of an exhibition held in the British Museum under Neil MacGregor s directorshipThe research that went into the exhibition appeared as 12 programs on BBC 4 and finally emerged in book form which I ve had to read electronically but will keep searching for a hard copy Kindle is hopeless for this it is richly illustrated in colour and poor little kindle doesn t cope with that But the kindle app on iPad meant I could at least see the images properly and this is essential as the book s origins lay in an exhibition How I wish I could have seen itMacGregor explains that the exhibition set out to look at Germany s challenging history from the standpoint of the new Germany created after the fall of the Berlin Walll It starts out with a discussion of memorials and memories has many fascinating chapters on arts exemplified by eg Goethe Durer crafts and technology printing porcelain metal work industrial processes and intelligently manages the political shifts and emerging nationalism of the nineteenth century to the much familiar horrors of mid twentieth century political brutalities Again to uote MacGregor One of the central arguments of this book has been that history in Germany is concerned not only with the past but unlike other European countries looks forward So it ends with discussion of two artworks which reflect on the past and the future Paul Klee s Angelus Novus and an enigmatic portrait by Gerhard Richter of his daughter BettyThank you Karen for recommending it