9780521118514

Death in Berlin: From Weimar to Divided Germany

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521118514

  • ISBN10:

    0521118514

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-05-10
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

We tend to think of death as a basic and immutable fact of life. Yet death, too, has a history. Death in Berlin is the first study to trace the rituals, practices, perceptions, and sensibilities surrounding death in the context of Berlin's multiple transformations over the decades between Germany's defeat in World War I and the construction of the Berlin Wall. Evocatively illustrated and drawing on a rich collection of sources, Monica Black reveals the centrality of death to the evolving moral and social life of one metropolitan community. In doing so, she connects the intimacies of everyday life and death to events on the grand historical stage that changed the lives of millions - all in a city that stood at the center of some of the twentieth century's most transformative events.

Author Biography

Monica Black is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council on Germany, and others. In 2007, she was awarded the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize by the Friends of the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Death in Berlin, ca.1930
Nazi ways of death
Death in everyday life
Death and reckoning
Death in socialism
Death and the West
Conclusions
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