The Turbulent World of Franz Goll
An Ordinary Berliner Writes the Twentieth Century

 

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The Turbulent World of Franz Goll
An Ordinary Berliner Writes the Twentieth Century

by Peter Fritzsche (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780674055315

 

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Fritzsche traces twentieth-century history through the remarkable diaries of an ordinary Berliner. Franz Goll wrote of hungry winters during WWI, the Berlin bombing, rapes by Russian soldiers, shockwaves cast by Darwin, Freud, and Einstein, the flexing of U.S. superpower, and the strange lifestyles that marked Germany's transition to modernity.



In his early entries, Goll grappled with the intellectual shockwaves cast by Darwin, Freud, and Einstein, and later he struggled to engage with the strange lifestyles that marked Germany's transition to a fluid, dynamic, unmistakably modern society. With expert analysis, Fritzsche shows how one man's thoughts and desires can give poignant shape to the collective experience of twentieth-century life, registering its manifold shocks and rendering them legible.


 

ISBN 674055314
ISBN13 9780674055315
Publisher Harvard University Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 18/03/2011
Pages 288
Weight (grammes) 449
Published in United States
Height (mm) 210
Width (mm) 140