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By Andreas Daum, Christof Mauch

This assortment examines the city areas of Berlin and Washington and gives a comparative cultural heritage of 2 eminent geographical regions within the smooth period. all of the towns has assumed, now and then, a legendary caliber they usually were obvious as collective symbols, with pursuits and contradictions that replicate the realms they signify. 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. issues diversity from Thomas Jefferson's principles concerning the new capital of the USA to the production of the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, from nineteenth-century viewers to small-town Washington to the protesters of the 1968 scholar circulation in West Berlin. This full of life choice of essays speaks to audiences as various as historians, city sociologists, architects and readers attracted to cultural experiences.

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In Berlin, by contrast, German militarism was evident for centuries. The goose-stepping East German troops parading down Unter den Linden during the Cold War years were a remarkable reminder of this tradition. Berlin and Washington have shared a pronounced disregard for the political rights of their local urban populations over the past two centuries. Alan Lessoff examines this point of similarity in his contribution to this volume. The Berlin of Imperial Germany doubled the effect of the skewed “Three-Class Electoral Law” (Drei-Klassen-Wahlrecht), which weighted votes according to electors’ tax obligations, by applying it in both Prussian and municipal elections.

Other German cities and cities in neighboring countries, in particular Frankfurt, Munich, and Brussels, have taken over many of the economic functions Berlin once performed. Washington and Berlin thus both reflect distinct national legacies and opportunities in coping with the challenges of the information age and globalization. ”73 VII What about the cultural roles of Berlin and Washington as capitals within their nation-states? Neither city has ever been an unrivaled platform for an intellectual discourse able to represent the nation.

Cambridge Collections Online © Cambridge University Press, 2007 Capitals in Modern History 25 Berlin, on the other hand, has fallen behind economically. Since German reunification, Berlin has lacked a distinct economic profile. It is caught between the decline of its “old economy” sectors and the vicissitudes besetting “new economy” industries. The city serves no major function in one or the other. Other German cities and cities in neighboring countries, in particular Frankfurt, Munich, and Brussels, have taken over many of the economic functions Berlin once performed.

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