Global Cityscapes of Modernity and Post Modernity: Vienna and Berlin 1900-2000

in German Politics and Society
Author: Jeffrey M. Peck
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The focus of this volume is broad, both historically and topically.

Berlin and Vienna, modernity and postmodernity, the twentieth century

and two incisive Wenden of a tumultuous millennium offer an

opportunity to examine central issues in the relationship among

European culture, history, and politics. Cities provide a rich location

to examine expressions of creativity, growth, and change over the

course of one hundred years. As a transit point of entry and exit, the

city becomes a site for exchange and cross-fertilization of peoples,

ideas, and commodities. Cities are nodes in a network whose spokes

extend beyond their metropolitan borders and bring intellectual and

physical nourishment to surrounding areas. This European century

will be known for its great cities and the production of cultural

objects that spread around the globe. Less dramatically, nevertheless

significant for the transfer of knowledge, academic figures will also

be remembered for the dissemination of these intellectual traditions

to generations of students who were fortunate to cross their paths.

Hinrich C. Seeba, professor of German at the University of California,

Berkeley, from 1967 to the present, is one such person.

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