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Author Jenkins, Jennifer.

Title Provincial Modernity : Local Culture and Liberal Politics in Fin-De-Siècle Hamburg.

Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2018.

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Description 1 online resource (346 pages)
Contents Cover; Provincial Modernity; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Citizenship Real and Imagined; 2. Culture in a City-State; 3. Provincial Reformers; 4. People's Educators; 5. A Sense of Self, a Sense of Place; 6. A Hamburg Museum; 7. Modernist Memory; 8. Architecture and Liberal Politics; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.
Summary A history of the making of public culture in Imperial Germany, Provincial Modernity challenges traditional accounts of the rise and fall of German liberalism and the meaning given to the "cultural work" of the German middle classes. With an interdisciplinary approach that ranges from political history to modernist art and architecture, Jennifer Jenkins explores the role that local tradition, memory, history, culture, and environment played in nineteenth-century conceptions of citizenship and community in Hamburg. Eighteen black-and-white illustrations and one color illustration enhance her portrait of the city in question. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Jenkins focuses on the city's cultural institutions, particularly the Hamburg Art Museum and its director, Alfred Lichtwark, who inspired a citywide movement of political and cultural reform. Lichtwark, who became one of Imperial Germany's most important cultural politicians, worked with the city's elites and its civic associations, both middle and working class. Together, they promoted "aesthetic education" in the interest of forging a liberal society. Lichtwark and the movement he inspired saw the educated middle classes as the custodians of national culture, believed education and civic morality to be vehicles for the creation of modern citizens, and argued that vital regional identities were essential to the making of a liberal national community. In so doing, they defined and promoted a distinctive northern German form of modernist culture in art and architecture.
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Subject Hamburg (Germany) -- History.
Hamburg (Germany) -- Intellectual life.
Hamburg (Germany) -- Civilization -- 19th century.
Hamburg (Germany) -- History -- 19th century.
Hamburg (Germany) -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Jenkins, Jennifer. Provincial Modernity : Local Culture and Liberal Politics in Fin-De-Siècle Hamburg. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©2018 9780801440250
ISBN 9781501731297 (electronic bk.)
1501731297 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 9780801440250