A LAURIER ASSOCIATION FOR LIFELONG LEARNING COURSE
Berlin, Germany - a city that is a conglomeration of neighbourhoods, cultures, histories, and styles. Students went on a virtual tour of some of these "Berlins." This page summarizes each "tour" and provides some resources, links, and further information.
This page was created in November 2017 and will remain online at least until June 2018.
Books about Berlin
- Faust's Metropolis. A History of Berlin by Alexandra Richie (1998). A comprehensive overview of the city's history, with a lot of attention paid to the 20th century.
- Berlin and Its Culture. A Historical Portrait by Ronald Taylor (1998). The focus here is on culture, but not all aspects of Berlin's rich cultural heritage get equal time.
- A New York Times review of Faust's Metropolis and Berlin and its Culture
- Berlin. Portrait of a City through the Centuries by Rory MacLean (2014). Written by a travel writer, it's a bit "breezier" than Richie's history.
- Berlin Now. The City After the Wall by Peter Schneider (2014). Schneider is a German journalist and fiction writer who has written about Berlin since the 1970s.
- A New York Times review of Berlin. Portrait of a City and Berlin Now
CITY OF MEMORY, MOST OF IT BAD
CITY OF WAR, HOT AND COLD
City of Kings and emperors
- UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Sanssouci (alternative site)
- Neues Palais
- House of Hohenzollern (family tree) (Wikipedia)
- Frederick the Great and Bach
CITY OF CULTURES
- Jewish Museum official site
- The Libeskind Building
- Videos about the museum:
Jewish Culture in Berlin
- Jewish Community of Berlin website
- Neue Synagoge / New Synagogue
- Berlin Jewish youth give their take on anti-Semitism (DW)
Turkish Culture in Berlin
- Maybachufer Markt
- Sehitlik Mosque
- Berlin's Turkish community (Reuters)
- Being Turkish in Berlin (Pulitzer Center)
- Berlin Kreuzberg (intersection of Turkish and gay culture)
- Bauhaus Manifesto
- Bauhaus syllabus
- Joseph Goebbels, "Around the Gedächtniskirche"
- "Erich Mendelsohn's lyrical vision"
- Das Lila Lied
Youth Culture = Protest Culture
CITY OF TODAY
Contemporary Art Scene
- The Berlin Art Scene Explained by Five of its Tastemakers
- As Rents Rise, Can Berlin Artists Still Afford a Place to Work?
- Why we painted over Berlin's most famous graffiti
- 'No bling in the hood': Does Berlin's anti-gentrification law really work?
- A look behind, and beyond, Berlin's start-up scene
The Stadtschloss (City Palace)
Berlin's changing face