Germany: Memories of a Nation
From Neil MacGregor, the author of A History of the World in 100 Objects, this is a view of Germany like no other
Today, as the dominant economic force in Europe, Germany looms as large as ever over world affairs. But how much do we really understand about it, and how do its people understand themselves?
In this enthralling new book, Neil MacGregor guides
The book is a remarkable encomium to modern Germany and the sensible way it gets on with his troubling past, contextualizing and ...more
Neil 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, "Germ ...more
The 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 th ...more
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 a ...more
Some of the first chapters did read a little too positive at first, at least to me. But then again, I am German, raised in Germany, and trained to see our history in rather negative terms. ...more
Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, begins his series examining 600 years of German history through objects, with a reflection on Germany's floating frontiers.
Even if this series will continue I won't be able to follow it in the next weeks.
A fascinating and engrossing view on the history of my fatherland from an “outsider”. Very readable; recommended for history buffs as well as art lovers. Full review to follow…
Or a history of Germany in 25 objects. Follows the same formula as the authors history of the world. But this one is more lavishly illustrated indeed tis is a thing of rare beauty. Terribly interesting topic for one such as I who studied German history for A level. Some lesser known facts emerge - that it was mostly women who literally rebuilt Germany after the Allies had reduced it to rubble. After the German men had fucked things up.
Fascinating comparison between the German attitude to Europe ...more
What does it mean to be German? I thought this would have a straight-forward answer until MacGregor explained (with the help of wonderful maps) the patchwork of principalities and city-states that were melded into Germany less than 150 years ago. I consider myself "German-American," but most Germans came to the U.S. before Germany was actua ...more
For some reason, 2017 has stoked a non-fiction fire in me and a desire to learn more about my own country. So, of course I read a book about Germany published by a Brit? I say, yes of course.
Getting to see my own country through the eyes of another country is always interesting and Neil MacGregor does so with admiration and care. This book was entertaining to read and enlightening. Of course I learned a lot about the pillars of German history in school but while we covered some parts ...more
Not exactly what I was looking for, but still a good read. If your looking for a university textbook style history book of Germany this is not it. This would be an excellent read for a cultural anthropologist because I feel it delves more into the cultural development of the modern country we have today than a hardline history of it. Most of the book to me seems to covers the past three centuries well but doesn't go into much detail to earlier hi ...more
it’s hella important to remember the title - ‘memories of a nation’. at times the book can seem incoherent or lacking, but it is not written to eb a history or a timeline. instead it describes the memories of a collective people, looking at currency and flags, to art and architecture. genuinely a fascinating book, and incredibly illuminating and compassionate.
As with the exhibit, I enjoyed the view from the outside, it focused on some things that never would have occurred to me otherwise. And despite covering specific angles of German history, it was quite comprehensive and included things I really didn't know much about. History classes in school seemed to go back and forth between Romans/Greeks, French Revolution and Third ...more