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German Cities and Bourgeois Modernism, 1890-1924

Maiken Umbach


This is a study of a distinctive brand of modernism, which first emerged in late 19th‐century Germany, and remained influential throughout the inter‐war years and beyond. Its supporters saw themselves as a new elite, ideally placed to tackle the many challenges facing the young and rapidly industrializing German nation‐state. They defined themselves as bourgeois, and acted as self‐appointed champions of a modern consciousness. Focusing on figures such as Hermann Muthesius, Fritz Schumacher, and Karl‐Ernst Osthaus, and the activities of the Deutscher Werkbund and other networks of bourgeois des ... More

Keywords: modernism, German nationalism, bourgeois culture, Werkbund, urban planning, architecture, industrial design, liberal governmentality, Wilhelmine Germany, Weimar Germany

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199557394
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maiken Umbach, author
Senior Lecturer in Modern History, University of Manchester
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