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National Romanticism and Modern Architecture in Germany and the Scandinavian Countries

National Romanticism and Modern Architecture in Germany and the Scandinavian Countries

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Part of Modern Architecture and Cultural Identity

  • Date Published: June 2000
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2007
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521583091

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  • Barbara Miller Lane focuses on the movement called "National Romanticism," which flourished in Germany and Scandinavia from about 1890 to 1920, and offers a new interpretation of its origins. During this period, painters, interior designers, city planners and architects created a new kind of domestic architecture and interior design, as well as monumental architecture. Drawing on local and regional folk traditions, and encouraging a simple way of life, architects such as Eliel Saarinen, Hans Poelzig, and Martin Nyrop, among others, looked back to medieval and even prehistoric times for their models, as they tried to create a new architecture for the new millennium.

    • Unique in that it traces the relationships between history-conscious architecture and modern architecture
    • Stresses the common ideas of architects, planners, and designers in Germany and all of the Scandinavian countries
    • Sheds new light on the relationships between architecture, politics, and nationalism
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Beautifully written, like all her {Lane's] work, the book carefully describes the origins and development of national romanticism in various northern European countries...The breadth of her discussions is incredible...A major, wide-ranging study. Highly recommended." Choice

    "What exactly were the architectural forces at work in northern Europe before Modernism? This volume, both broad in scope and deep in examination of specific buildings, answers this question clearly and with style." The Art Newspaper

    "This book clearly shows how well narrative still operates in historical writing." Centropa

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521583091
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 287 x 225 x 34 mm
    • weight: 1.71kg
    • contains: 255 b/w illus. 31 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2007
  • Table of Contents

    1. The origins and transformations of the dream of the North
    2. The search for a modern national style: the home as a work of art
    3. The search for a modern national style: monuments and monumental architecture
    4. The legacy of national Romanticism.

  • Author

    Barbara Miller Lane, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania

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