Memories of A Nation

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"Germany is unlike any other country in the world. But how much do we really know about it, and how do its people understand themselves? In Germany: Memories of a Nation, Neil MacGregor -- director of the British Museum and author of A History of the World in 100 Objects -- presents the stories of a nation through a collection of thirty objects and touchstones. From coins and crowns to fairy tales and philosophers, MacGregor presents the inventions, ideas, and icons that comprise the many identities of the German people. Germany: Memories of a Nation is a view of this complex and fascinating country like no other"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9781101875667
Branch Call Number: 943 MACGREGOR
Characteristics: xliv, 606 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm


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Sep 06, 2017

Although its big and heavy, the text itself amounts to about 290 pages by my estimation. But they are terrifically written: clear and to the point, but also with lots of historical information, without getting unduly cluttered by it all. The social, political, intellectual, cultural, and economic aspects of Germany are covered, usually through a touch point (a chalice made as a masterwork, for a guild membership, for example).

May 28, 2015

A big fat book that is highly readable. Organized around a linked series of discussions focusing on one grouping of ideas, events, personalities, and artifacts after another, it is highly engaging, yet easy to pick up and put down, again and again. Many beautiful and clearly integrated photographs are also included. "Memories of a Nation" is a gem for anyone interested in European history. As someone with German ancestry, I was surprised by certain facts. I also appreciated the author's fresh perspective on many past events. For several generations now, the world's sole attention on Germany's past has been limited to the Nazi years - anything prior was still about the origins of this dark period. This book is about everything from Germany's past that was most important, before, during and after WWII.

Dec 15, 2014

A truly excellent and insightful book, and very readable despite its length.


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