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History is usually thought of as a tale of time, a string of events flowing in a particular chronological order. But as Karl SchlOgel shows in this groundbreaking book, the where of history is just as important as the when. SchlOgel relishes space the way a writer relishes a good story: on a quest for a type of history that takes full account of place, he explores everything from landscapes to cities, maps to railway timetables. Do you know the origin of the name "Everest"? What can the layout of towns tell us about the American Dream? In Space We Read Time reveals this and much, much more. Here is both a model for thinking about history within physical space and a stimulating history of thought about space, as SchlOgel reads historical periods and events within the context of their geographical location. Discussions range from the history of geography in France to what a town directory from 1930s Berlin can say about professional trades that have since disappeared. He takes a special interest in maps, which can serve many purposes one poignant example being the German Jewish community's 1938 atlas of emigration, which showed the few remaining possibilities for escape. Other topics include Thomas Jefferson's map of the United States; the British survey of India; and the multiple cartographers with Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference, where the aim was to redraw Europe's boundaries on the basis of ethnicity. Moving deftly from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to 9/11 and from Vermeer's paintings to the fall of the Berlin Wall, this intriguing book presents history from a completely new perspective.
Moscow, 1937: the soviet metropolis at the zenith of Stalin s dictatorship. A society utterly wrecked by a hurricane of violence. In this compelling book, the renowned historian Karl Schlogel reconstructs with meticulous care the process through which, month by month, the terrorism of a state-of-emergency regime spiraled into the Great Terror during which 1 1/2 million human beings lost their lives within a single year. He revisits the sites of show trials and executions and, by also consulting numerous sources from the time, he provides a masterful panorama of these key events in Russian history. He shows how, in the shadow of the reign of terror, the regime around Stalin also aimed to construct a new society. Based on countless documents, Schlogel s historical masterpiece vividly presents an age in which the boundaries separating the dream and the terror dissolve, and enables us to experience the fear that was felt by people subjected to totalitarian rule. This rich and absorbing account of the Soviet purges will be essential reading for all students of Russia and for any readers interested in one of the most dramatic and disturbing events of modern history.
The Euromaidan uprising in Kiev, followed by radical regime change, the annexation of the Crimea and the war in Eastern Ukraine, have shattered European security. The Western response to Russian aggression has been uncertain and hesitant in handling the unfamiliar yet large nation of Ukraine, a country with a complicated past, and one whose history is little known in the rest of Europe. In Ukraine: A Nation on the Borderland, Karl Schloegel presents a picture of a country which lies on Europe's borderland and in Russia's shadow. In recent years, Ukraine has been faced, along with Western Europe, with the political conundrum resulting from Russia's actions and the ongoing Information War. As well as exploring this present-day confrontation, Schloegel provides detailed, fascinating historical portraits of a panoply of Ukraine's major cities: Lviv, Odessa, Czernowitz, Kiev, Kharkov, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk and Yalta - cities whose often troubled and war-torn histories are as varied as the nationalities and cultures which have made them what they are today, survivors with very particular identities and aspirations. Schloegel feels the pulse of life in these cities, analysing their more recent pasts and their challenges for the future.
This volume records two recent Demand projects: "Embassy" (2007) and "Presidency" (2008). For both series, Demand used images of an embassy interior and the Oval Office at the White House, and laboriously reconstructed the rooms as life-size models. After Demand photographed them, the rooms were destroyed, but this volume examines the entire process, from photograph to sculpture to photograph.
Moscow, 1937: the soviet metropolis at the zenith of Stalin's dictatorship. A society utterly wrecked by a hurricane of violence. In this compelling book, the renowned historian Karl Schloegel reconstructs with meticulous care the process through which, month by month, the terrorism of a state-of-emergency regime spiraled into the `Great Terror' during which 1 1/2 million human beings lost their lives within a single year. He revisits the sites of show trials and executions and, by also consulting numerous sources from the time, he provides a masterful panorama of these key events in Russian history. He shows how, in the shadow of the reign of terror, the regime around Stalin also aimed to construct a new society. Based on countless documents, Schloegel's historical masterpiece vividly presents an age in which the boundaries separating the dream and the terror dissolve, and enables us to experience the fear that was felt by people subjected to totalitarian rule. This rich and absorbing account of the Soviet purges will be essential reading for all students of Russia and for any readers interested in one of the most dramatic and disturbing events of modern history.
Twentieth-century Europe, especially Central Eastern Europe, has
been largely defined by Russia and Germany. In this century,
cultural and economic exchanges between the two countries were as
active as the fires of hatred intense. The smaller states in
between, with their unstable borders and internal minorities,
suffered from the powers' alliances and their antagonisms. This
volume of new research in political and cultural history examines
the two powers' turbulent relationship, including the pre-1914 era
of exchange and cooperation; the projects of modernity in
post-revolutionary Russia and Weimar Germany; the struggle for
dominance over Central Europe in World War II; and mutual views of
Germans and Russians after 1945. In the wake of the crucial events
of 1989 and the transformation of German-Russian relations, it asks
whether the configuration of Russian-German relations that once
dominated twentiehth-century Europe has now dissolved, leaving us
to find new ways of cooperation between 'New Russia' and 'New
Die Rede vom Russischen Raum bezieht sich nicht nur auf ein Stereotyp, sondern auf eine empirische Erfahrung, der die Weite und Grosse Russlands zugrundeliegen. Dabei geht es nie nur um die physisch-geographische Ausdehnung eines Territoriums, sondern um die Implikationen eines spezifischen Raumes fur den Verlauf von Geschichte, nicht zuletzt fur die Topographie der russischen Seele (Nikolaj Berdjaev). Der epochale Vorgang der Auflosung der Sowjetunion einerseits und die neue Aufmerksamkeit fur die raumliche Dimension geschichtlichen Geschehens andererseits eroffnen eine Perspektive, in der Raum und Raumbewaltigung als Probleme russischer Geschichte neu gedacht werden konnen. Mit Beitragen von Mark Bassin, Oksana Bulgakowa, Roland Cvetkovski, Susi K.Frank, Klaus Gestwa, Carsten Goehrke, Wladislaw Hedeler, Katharina Kucher, Christian Noack, Susan E. Reid, Frithjof Benjamin Schenk, Karl Schlogel"
Die Oder war bis zum gro en Oderhochwasser des Jahres 1997 ein Grenzflu , ein Flu im Abseits. Seit der Erweiterung der Europ ischen Union ist die Oder ein Strom mitten in Europa geworden. Die Forschung zum Oderraum als einer europ ischen Grenzlandschaft ist neu in Gang gekommen. Sie l t sich der Sache nach nur grenz berschreitend und in Zusammenarbeit der Disziplinen bew ltigen. Hier liegt die erste Studie zur Oder vor, die eine nur nationale Sicht auf diesen Strom hinter sich l t. In den Beitr gen der deutschen, polnischen und tschechischen Wissenschaftler wird der Versuch gemacht, einen mehrschichtigen, beraus komplexen und in der Vergangenheit auch umk mpften Kulturraum gedanklich neu zusammenzusetzen.
No European city has undergone as much upheaval in the last fifteen years as Moscow. The stage for the fall of a world empire and the rebirth of a globally connected Russia, Moscow has transformed from a monochrome capital city to a new Babylon iridescent with neon lights. Karl Schlogel's "Moscow" offers a fascinating and engaging portrait of this international metropolis in transformation. First published in German in 1984, and now rapidly attaining the status of a classic work, this debut English edition of Moscow has been updated with a new introduction and conclusion covering the post-Soviet period. Schlogel describes the modern history of Moscow from various aspects, as he explores the city's streets and unearths the rich histories of its buildings, monuments and parks. He traverses Moscow's streets like a flaneur, unravelling the meanings and stories of monasteries and cemeteries, railway stations, barracks, Jugendstil villas, underground stations and more. Moscow is a city where the past and future continually clash, and it struggles to define its global role in the twenty-first century. Karl Schlogel's insightful observations provide a valuable window into the complex and resilient character of the ever-evolving capital and its citizens.
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