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Hamburg: A Cultural and Literary History Paperback – 30 Jan 2011

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Signal Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (30 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904955754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904955757
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Jefferies is Professor of German History at the University of Manchester. His books include Imperial Culture in Germany (2003) and Contesting the German Empire (2007). He has taught at the Northern Institute of Technology, Hamburg-Harburg, and been a student and visiting fellow at the University of Hamburg.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on 22 Feb. 2011
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If like me, you prefer to have some idea about the nature of the place to be visited, I find Signal Books' Cities of the Imagination series to be a worthy successor to Baedeker, for they are current and compact - neither weighting down a daypack, nor breaking the bank.

'Hamburg' is a good example, encouraging what might be a desire to visit one day, into a more definite 'must' as Matthew Jefferies skilfully fleshes out the character of this once great trading river port into a vibrant international city, virtually rising out of the drying mud banks of the Elbe, and boasting more bridges than Venice.

What comes across is its individuality, with an ingrained social, religious and political difference at odds with neighbouring German towns. So, I can't wait to walk down the street where the Beatles had their first international 'break'. Another 'must' is to take a tour of the 'fashionable' millionaires row, as well as pausing to marvel at the town hall building, still dependent on its wooden base, before continuing my tour of some unique landmarks depicted in this splendid edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Milo di Thernan on 3 Sept. 2013
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Nobody can teach clutch control or explain fractional reserve banking to you. There is no effective substitute for personal experience, trying and failing and trying again, working it out until it becomes instinctive. But I'll never forget the driving instructor and the name of the book which started me off on both. Why? Because they didn't just give me facts, but also provided context (why the facts matter) and judgement (why they matter to them). In lightly sharing theirs, they unlocked my enthusiasm. A travel guide will give you the facts and many pictures, but this book unlocks the city - and I haven't even been there yet. (I'm off next weekend with a handful of bad lads.) But I sure as hell know where I'm going, since his writing was so captivating that Michael Jefferies made me want to get on google maps and walk the streets with him as I read. It is tightly written and factually dense, but light-hearted rather than professorial. Most importantly, it really does feed your appetite to know and experience more of Hamburg. He has done the city a great favour.
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