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Capital Cities at War


  • Page extent: 562 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.99 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521870436)

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.

• Second volume of the widely-acclaimed Capital Cities at War • The first fully comparative urban history of the First World War • Will be of interest to historians of twentieth-century European history, the First World War and military history


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 Rüger; 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.


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


Jay Winter, Adrian Gregory, Emmanuelle Cronier, Jan Rüger, Stefan Goebel, Liz Fordham, Jon Lawrence, Catherine Rollet, Annette Becker, Carina Trevisan, Elise Julien, Jean-Louis Robert

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