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Before the deluge : a portrait of Berlin in the 1920's

Author: Otto Friedrich
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, ©1972.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Feverish, turbulent, and recklessly hedonistic, Berlin in the 1920s was the third largest city in the world, with a population of four million. It became, during this decade, the cosmopolitan crossroads of Europe. Inevitably, it gathered the brightest and most talented young people from all over Germany, but its uniqueness stemmed from its internationalism. It was the natural sanctuary for thousands of Russians  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Diaries
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Friedrich, Otto, 1929-
Before the deluge.
New York, Harper & Row [1972]
(OCoLC)558240311
Named Person: Harry Kessler, Graf; Harry Kessler, Graf
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Otto Friedrich
ISBN: 0060113723 9780060113728
OCLC Number: 333442
Description: xi, 418 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The birds of Berlin --
"The Kaiser has abdicated" (1918) --
"Some shots were fired. Nobody knew why" (1919) --
"How long will I live/" (1920) --
"A welter of tears and vodka" (1921) --
"A certain champagne sparkle" (1922) --
"A kind of madness" (1923) --
"We feel young, free, and pure" (1924) --
"The supremacy of German music" (1925) --
"The attack begins on July 4" (1926) --
"God does not play at dice" (1927) --
"The show can begin" (1928) --
"Things would never be so good again" (1929) --
"Heads will roll" (1930) --
"I couldn't control myself" (1931) --
"What Germany needs is a strong man" (1932) --
"The great miracle" (1933).
Responsibility: by Otto Friedrich.

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Feverish, turbulent, and recklessly hedonistic, Berlin in the 1920s was the third largest city in the world, with a population of four million. It became, during this decade, the cosmopolitan crossroads of Europe. Inevitably, it gathered the brightest and most talented young people from all over Germany, but its uniqueness stemmed from its internationalism. It was the natural sanctuary for thousands of Russians fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution, and its restless spirit attracted scores of writers and artists from England and the United States. Its political history was a doomed experiment in democracy, of putsch and counter-putsch, of well-meaning liberals who struggled in vain against the tides of extremism, and of uniformed street gangs who fought for whoever hired them. Historical and political analysis is intertwined with excerpts from the diary of German diplomat Count Harry Kessler.

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