For the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental Europe. Twenty-five years ago the Berlin Wall fell and a new German state came into being. But how well do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people now understand themselves?
Neil MacGregor argues that, uniquely for any European country, no coherent, over-arching narrative of Germany’s history can be constructed, for in Germany both geography and history have always been unstable. German history may be inherently fragmented, but it contains a large number of shared memories, awarenesses and experiences; examining some of them is MacGregor’s purpose. To do this he chooses objects and ideas, people and places which still resonate in Germany today.
There has never been a book on Germany quite like this, so join us for a unique and engaging evening with the Director of the British Museum.