Berlin - Washington, 1800-2000: Capital Cities, Cultural by Andreas Daum, Christof Mauch

By Andreas Daum, Christof Mauch

This assortment examines the city areas of Berlin and Washington and gives a comparative cultural heritage of 2 eminent geographical regions within the sleek period. all the towns has assumed, from time to time, a legendary caliber they usually were noticeable as collective symbols, with objectives and contradictions that reflect the geographical regions they characterize. Such matters such stand within the centre of this quantity. The authors ask what those capitals have intended for the kingdom and discover the kin among structure, political rules, and social truth. issues diversity from Thomas Jefferson's rules concerning the new capital of the USA to the production of the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, from nineteenth-century viewers to small-town Washington to the protesters of the 1968 pupil flow in West Berlin. This vigorous number of essays speaks to audiences as various as historians, city sociologists, architects and readers drawn to cultural reviews.

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C. (Baltimore, 1995). , Hauptstadt, 217. Cambridge Collections Online © Cambridge University Press, 2007 Capitals in Modern History 17 the urban plan, the architecture used by government and parliament, and the presence of national memorials. Constructed spaces – buildings, monuments, avenues – have served most visibly as a vehicle to represent the nation-state and to define national identity – even when the language of architectural forms has remained international. Washington added one piece of architecture after another and erected numerous monuments in order to fill and expand the urban plan designed by Pierre L’Enfant in the 1790s.

Seen from above, the city’s outline resembled an airplane, one of the icons of modern technology and mastery of nature. 54 Equally important are the performative functions: the ability to stage events that put the political mission of a state and the idea of national identity on display. Parades and state visits, leaders’ birthday celebrations and funerals, national sporting events, and international fairs are some of the typical expressions of the theatricalization of politics, which has become increasingly prominent since the last third of the nineteenth century.

At the end of the eighteenth century, four sections claimed recognition: New England, the Middle States (extending from New York through at least Maryland), the South, and the West (composed of the mountainous regions of the Middle and Southern states as well as Kentucky and the federal territories to the north and south of it). By the late 1780s, Americans were moving west in great numbers despite the threat from hostile indigenous peoples. Kentucky was demanding statehood, and five thousand Americans lived north of the Ohio River.

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