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Author Föllmer, Moritz.

Title Individuality and modernity in Berlin : self and society from Weimar to the Wall / Moritz Föllmer
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 312 pages) : illustrations, map
Series New studies in European history
New studies in European history.
Contents Introduction -- Part I. Weimar Berlin -- Risk, isolation and unstable selfhood -- Flexibility, authenticity and consumption -- Reform, scandal and extremism -- Part II. Nazi Berlin -- Redefining legitimate individuality -- Jewish Berliners' ambiguous quest for agency -- Heroism, withdrawal and privatist loyalty -- Part III. Post-War and Cold-War Berlin -- Defeat, self-help and the dissociation from Nazism -- Socialist ambitions and individualist expectations -- Anti-totalitarianism, domesticity and ambivalent modernity -- Conclusion
Summary "Moritz Föllmer traces the history of individuality in Berlin from the late 1920s to the construction of the Berlin Wall in August 1961. The demand to be recognized as an individual was central to metropolitan society, as were the spectres of risk, isolation and loss of agency. This was true under all five regimes of the period, through economic depression, war, occupation and reconstruction. The quest for individuality could put democracy under pressure, as in the Weimar years, and could be satisfied by a dictatorship, as was the case in the Third Reich. It was only in the course of the 1950s, when liberal democracy was able to offer superior opportunities for consumerism, that individuality finally claimed the mantle. Individuality and Modernity in Berlin proposes a fresh perspective on twentieth-century Berlin that will engage readers with an interest in the German metropolis as well as European urban history more broadly"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 278-305) and index
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Subject Agent (Philosophy) -- Social aspects -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
City and town life -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Individuality -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Politics and culture -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Risk -- Social aspects -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Self -- Social aspects -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Social change -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Social isolation -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Berlin (Germany) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Berlin (Germany) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
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