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- DescriptionAcross Europe the late nineteenth century marked a period of rapid ecomic change, increased migration, religious conflict, and inter-state competition. In Germany, these developments were further accentuated by the creation of the imperial state in 1870-1871, and the conflicting hopes and expectations it provoked. Attempting to make sense of this turbulent period of German history, historians have frequently reverted to terms such as industrialization, urbanization, nation-formation, modernity or modernization. Using the prism of comparative urban history, Oliver Zimmer highlights the limitations of these conceptual abstractions and challenges the separation of local and national approaches to the past. He shows how men and women drew on their creative energies to instigate change at various levels. Focusing on conflicts over the local ecomy and elementary schools, as well as on nationalist and religious processions, Remaking the Rhythms of Life examines how urban residents sought to regain a sense of place in a changing world - less by resisting the vel than by reconfiguring their environments in ways that reflected their sensibilities and aspirations; less by lamenting the decline of civic virtues than by creating surroundings that proved sufficiently meaningful to sustain lives. In their capacity as consumers, citizens, and members of religious or ecomic associations, people embarked on a multitude of journeys. As they did, larger phemena such as religion, nationalism, and the state became intertwined with their everyday affairs and concerns.
- Author BiographyOliver Zimmer is Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford and Sanderson Fellow at University College.
- Author(s)Oliver Zimmer
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication26/11/2015
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Note16 black and white images
- Weight616 g
- Width157 mm
- Height232 mm
- Spine22 mm
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