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Title: Cologne cathedral as an international monument
Authors: Swenson, A
Keywords: Cologne cathedral;German history;Internationalism;Nationalism;Transnational history;Restoration
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Citation: In Re-writing German history: New perspectives on modern Germany, Editors: Rueger J, Wachsmann N . pp. 29 - 51. Palgrave Macmillan, London, (2015) (2015)
Abstract: The paper examines international involvement in the completion of Germany’s most famous ‘national monument’. Long before Cologne Cathedral was listed as UNESCO World Heritage, it played an important part in the development of an international heritage consciousness. The paper sketches the multidirectional ways in which the cathedral was fashioned internationally. The first part examines how personal networks helped initiate the nineteenth-century completion; the second looks at international financial support and the place of the cathedral in cultural diplomacy and foreign heritage policies. The third analyses the broader reception by international audiences beyond the completion in the twentieth century. By understanding how historical culture in Germany developed transnationally, the paper suggests ways of overcoming the dominance of short-term and isolated perspectives in German history.
ISBN: 9781137347787
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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