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The Resource Fleeting cities : imperial expositions in fin-de-siecle Europe, Alexander C.T. Geppert, (electronic book)

Fleeting cities : imperial expositions in fin-de-siecle Europe, Alexander C.T. Geppert, (electronic book)

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Fleeting cities : imperial expositions in fin-de-siecle Europe
Title
Fleeting cities
Title remainder
imperial expositions in fin-de-siecle Europe
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Alexander C.T. Geppert
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Imperial expositions held in fin-de-siecle London, Paris and Berlin were knots in a world wide web. Conceptualizing expositions as meta-media, Fleeting Cities constitutes a transnational and transdisciplinary investigation into how modernity was created and displayed, consumed and disputed in the European metropolis around 1900.
  • Shortlisted for the Longman - History Today Book Prize 2010 'If I were to recommend only one book about nineteenth- and early twentieth-century international expositions, it would be this one. Geppert's writing is clear, his learning is massive but never in the way, and his subject -- the spaces and places of world's fairs -- becomes in his hands a way of thinking about the self-reflexive and self-referential qualities of modernity. Fleeting Cities is an exemplary cultural and institutional history of one of the most talked about, glitzy new media phenomena of their age.' -- Thomas W. Laqueur, University of California, Berkeley, USA 'Fleeting Cities vividly and authoritatively demonstrates how European exhibitions formed an integral part of the material and mental urban environment which they helped to shape. It is a model of transnational, comparative history, attentive to the architectural grammar, social imaginaries, and political histories of these urban installations.' -- Judith R. Walkowitz, Johns Hopkins University, USA 'A careful reading of the complex history of international exhibitions. As a social theorist, the author presents a brilliant analysis of the writings of Georg Simmel, the German cultural philosopher, on exhibitions, as well as his confrontation with Wilhelm II on the subject of exhibitions and the German cultural and national ideology.' -- Aram A.Yengoyan, University of California, Davis, USA
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UK-WkNB
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1970-
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Geppert, Alexander C.T.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Exhibitions
  • Exhibitions
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Europe
  • Cities and towns
  • Berliner Gewerbe-Ausstellung
  • Exposition universelle internationale de 1900
  • Franco-British Exhibition
  • British Empire Exhibition
  • Exposition coloniale internationale de Paris
Summary expansion
Imperial expositions held in fin-de-siecle London, Paris and Berlin were knots in a world-wide web. Conceptualizing exhibitions as meta-media, Fleeting Cities undertakes a transdisciplinary investigation into how modernity was created and displayed, consumed and disputed within the European metropolis. Focusing on five such expositions -- the Berliner Gewerbeausstellung (1896), the fifth Parisian Exposition Universelle (1900), the Franco-British Exhibition in London (1908), the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley (1924/25), and the Exposition Coloniale Internationale in Paris (1931) -- this award-winning book examines their specific aims and aspirations, evolving forms and execution, and the public debates they engendered. Who shaped these mega-events, how were exposition venues inscribed into the urban fabric, what legacies did they bequeath? Taken as dense textures stretched over time, these expositions undergo both a close hermeneutic reading and broad spatial analysis. Fleeting Cities weaves extensive empirical research with underlying theoretical concerns, investigating their individual meanings in a new form of transnational network analysis
Target audience
specialized
Label
Fleeting cities : imperial expositions in fin-de-siecle Europe, Alexander C.T. Geppert, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Introduction: How to Read an Exposition -- Berlin 1896: Wilhelm II, Georg Simmel, and the Berliner Gewerbeausstellung -- Paris 1900: The Exposition universelle as a Century's Protean Synthesis -- London 1908: Imre Kiralfy and the Franco-British Exhibition -- Wembley 1924: The British Empire Exhibition as a Suburban Metropolis -- Vincennes 1931: The Exposition coloniale as a Transitory Center of Imperial Civilization -- Conclusion: Exhibition Fatigue, or the Rise and Fall of a Mass Medium -- Coda: Pictures at an Exhibition -- Appendix -- Bibliography -- Index
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9780230281837
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 398 p.)
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user
Isbn
9780230281837
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps (some col.)
Specific material designation
unspecified
Type of computer file
PDF.
Label
Fleeting cities : imperial expositions in fin-de-siecle Europe, Alexander C.T. Geppert, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Introduction: How to Read an Exposition -- Berlin 1896: Wilhelm II, Georg Simmel, and the Berliner Gewerbeausstellung -- Paris 1900: The Exposition universelle as a Century's Protean Synthesis -- London 1908: Imre Kiralfy and the Franco-British Exhibition -- Wembley 1924: The British Empire Exhibition as a Suburban Metropolis -- Vincennes 1931: The Exposition coloniale as a Transitory Center of Imperial Civilization -- Conclusion: Exhibition Fatigue, or the Rise and Fall of a Mass Medium -- Coda: Pictures at an Exhibition -- Appendix -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
9780230281837
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 398 p.)
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user
Isbn
9780230281837
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps (some col.)
Specific material designation
unspecified
Type of computer file
PDF.

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