By Andreas Daum, Christof Mauch
This assortment examines the city areas of Berlin and Washington and gives a comparative cultural heritage of 2 eminent realms within the sleek period. all of the towns has assumed, from time to time, a legendary caliber and so they were noticeable as collective symbols, with goals and contradictions that replicate the realms they symbolize. Such concerns such stand within the centre of this quantity. The authors ask what those capitals have intended for the kingdom and discover the family members among structure, political principles, and social fact. subject matters variety from Thomas Jefferson's principles concerning the new capital of the U.S. to the construction of the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, from nineteenth-century viewers to small-town Washington to the protesters of the 1968 pupil flow in West Berlin. This energetic number of essays speaks to audiences as different as historians, city sociologists, architects and readers drawn to cultural experiences.
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Political authorities embraced the proposal of British architect Norman Foster to put a glass dome on the top of the building. The use of glass was meant to signify democratic transparency. 83 VIII Capitals may be studied individually, but the questions they inspire are of a general nature. Examining capitals in historical perspective enables us to open multiple windows onto modern history on a global scale. Capitals reflect the rise of the territorial state. They encapsulate the establishment of the state as a body of administrative and executive functions that also produces and transmits political beliefs.
Capital cities have thus created national public spaces since the late eighteenth century, and they have contributed to the visualization of ideological and political claims. In their transitional, “invented,” and multifunctional nature, capitals are a rich repository for further historical examination. And there is much evidence that globalization will neither make capital cities dispensable nor deprive nation-states of the opportunity to put national identity on display in their capital cities.
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