Berlin and Its Culture by Ronald Taylor
A Historical Portrait

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This text - a cultural portrait of Berlin - reveals the spirit of Berlin by focusing on the culture it produced from its medieval beginnings to the reunification of 1990. The book surveys the literature, philosophy, music, theatre and visual and decorative arts that emerged from and were expresssive of the evolving social patterns of the city. Ronald Taylor brings to life the cultural activities of each age, putting these in the context of the politics and social life of the era. In relation to the medieval period, for example, he describes the "red brick" Gothic style, Gothic art in general and early printed books. For later periods, as the arts develop, he highlights the architecture, contemporary painting and sculpture, music, literature, furniture and interior decoration. Great names inseperable from the life of the city - Lessing, Hegel, Schinkel, Mendelssohn, Menzel and Fontane - appear prominently in the narrative. But Taylor also discusses lesser figures who, absorbed by their time and place, often tell us more about their era than do their greater contemporaries. From a series of cultural cameos, including the Cold War years when it was divided by the Wall into East and West, Taylor assembles a picture of Berlin, giving insights into its corporate personality. The result is not only a perspective on the city but also a framework within which to view the reunited Germany of today and the cultural paths it is pursuing.

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Ronald L. Taylor, Ed.D. is currently professor of Exceptional Student Education at Florida Atlantic University. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Psychology at Austin College and Trinity University. He received his doctorate in Special Education from the University of Houston. Prior to coming to Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Taylor was a school psychologist and consulting teacher for a Title III grant that focused on working with culturally diverse students. He also served on the faculty in Special Education at Boston University. Dr. Taylor has published extensively, including 8 books (18 counting various editions) and over 20 chapters and 90 articles. He is currently completing the eighth edition of his assessment text, "Assessment of Exceptional Students: Educational and Psychological Procedures". He has received over 2 million dollars in grant funding. He is active in several professional organizations, having made over 60 presentations, and was editor of Diagnostique, the journal for the assessment division of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Published December 22, 1997 by Yale University Press. 432 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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To his credit, Taylor recognizes that contemporary cultural history overlaps with traditional intellectual history and the more modern forms of social history.

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Taylor, emeritus professor of German at the University of Sussex, is the author of Literature and Society in Germany, 1918-1945 and of The Romantic Tradition in Germany, so it's not surprising that two of the highlights of this book are his discussion of Romanticism's early years in Berlin, compl...

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Weiss and Tatiana's project, in one respect, is really one and the same: to pin down the history of the city before it emerges into full-blown chaos.

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