Capital Cities at War: Volume 2, A Cultural History: Paris, London, Berlin 1914-1919

Capital Cities at War: Volume 2, A Cultural History: Paris, London, Berlin 1914-1919

Paperback Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare

Edited by Jay Winter, Edited by Jean-Louis Robert

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 562 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 32mm | 762g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1107406978
  • ISBN 13: 9781107406971
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,420,731

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This is the second volume of a pioneering two-volume comparative history of the capital cities of Britain, France and Germany during the Great War. Leading historians explore these wartime cities, from the railway stations where newcomers took on new identities to the streets they surveyed and the pubs, cafes and theatres they frequented, and examine notions of identity, the sites and rituals of city life, and wartime civic and popular culture. This volume, first published in 2007, offers a comparative cultural history of London, Paris and Berlin and reveals the great affinities and similarities between cities on both sides of the line. It shows the transnational character of metropolitan life and the different cultural resources which the men and women of these cities drew upon during 1500 days of war. The practices of metropolitan life go well beyond national histories and this volume suggests the outlines of a fully European history of the Great War.

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Review of the hardback: 'For anybody interested in the history of the Great War from a non-military perspective, for historians of modernity and modernism, or urban historians of the early twentieth century, these two volumes will constitute a major work of reference for many years to come.' Journal of Urban History '[This] rich collection of essays expands our knowledge of the Great War in exciting and interesting ways and it is good news that the new paperback makes it widely available.' Deborah Thom, Family and Community History

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Foreword: A note on authorship; 1. Introduction: the practice of metropolitan life Jay Winter; Part I. Cityscapes: 2. Railway stations Adrian Gregory; 3. The street Emmanuelle Cronier; 4. Entertainments Jan Ruger; Part II. Civic Culture: 5. Exhibitions Stefan Goebel; 6. Schools Stefan Goebel; 7. Universities Liz Fordham; 8. Public space, political space Jon Lawrence; Part III. Sites of Passage/Rites of Passage: 9. The home and family life Catherine Rollet; 10. Hospitals Jay Winter; 11. Religious sites and practices Adrian Gregory and Annette Becker; 12. Cemeteries Carina Trevisan and Elise Julien; 13. Conclusions Jean-Louis Robert and Jay Winter; Bibliography.