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Christmas in Germany: A Cultural History

For poets, priests, and politicians–and especially ordinary Germans–in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the image of the loving nuclear family gathered around the Christmas tree symbolized the unity of the nation at large. German Christmas was supposedly organic, a product of the winter solstice rituals of pagan “Teutonic” tribes, the celebration of the birth of Jesus, and the age-old customs that defined German character. Yet, as Joe Perry argues, Germans also used these annual…

Christmas In Germany

Pub Date : 2010 | Author : Joe Perry | Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN 10 : 9780807833643
ISBN 13 : 0807833649

"Perry's work is original, comprehensively researched, and a major contribution to understanding the central importance of the evolution of a consumer culture in modern Germany. Th..

The Seduction Of Culture In German History

Pub Date : 2009-01-10 | Author : Wolf Lepenies | Publisher : Princeton University Press

ISBN 10 : 0691121311
ISBN 13 : 9780691121314

During the Allied bombing of Germany, Hitler was more distressed by the loss of cultural treasures than by the leveling of homes. Remarkably, his propagandists broadcast this fact,..

Inventing The Christmas Tree

Pub Date : 2012-11-01 | Author : Bernd Brunner | Publisher : Yale University Press

ISBN 10 : 9780300186529
ISBN 13 : 0300186525

Explores the roots of the Christmas tree tradition, tracing customs from the Middle Ages to the present day to reveal how it first became part of mainstream American culture and ha..

Christmas In The Crosshairs

Pub Date : 2016-09-13 | Author : Gerry Bowler | Publisher : Oxford University Press

ISBN 10 : 9780190499020
ISBN 13 : 0190499028

An Anglican priest hands out brass knuckles to his congregation, preparing to battle anti-Christmas fanatics. Fascists insist that the Winter Solstice is the real Christmas, while ..


Pub Date : 2017-10-24 | Author : Judith Flanders | Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books

ISBN 10 : 9781250118356
ISBN 13 : 1250118352

A critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author explores the Christmas holiday, from the original festival through present day traditions. Christmas has always been a magi..

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Pub Date : 2008-11-04 | Author : Les Standiford | Publisher : Crown

ISBN 10 : 9780307449733
ISBN 13 : 0307449734

As uplifting as the tale of Scrooge itself, this is the story of how Charles Dickens revived the signal holiday of the Western world. Soon to be a major motion picture. Just before..

Inventing Christmas

Pub Date : 2002-10-14 | Author : Jock Elliott | Publisher : Harry N. Abrams

ISBN 10 : UCSC:32106016655935
ISBN 13 :

Looks at the nineteenth-century origins of modern-day Christmas traditions, which evolved over a twenty-five year period, beginning in 1823 with the publication of Clement Clarke M..

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