The Ghosts of Berlin – Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape

Brian Ladd


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  • The University of Chicago Press
  • 2018
  • ISBN 9780226558721
  • 304 pages
  • Softcover
  • 23 × 15.5 × 2 cm

In the twenty years since its original publication, The Ghosts of Berlin has become a classic, an unparalleled guide to understanding the presence of history in our built environment, especially in a space as historically contested—and emotionally fraught—as Berlin. Brian Ladd examines the ongoing conflicts radiating from the remarkable fusion of architecture, history, and national identity in Berlin. Returning to the city frequently, Ladd continues to survey the urban landscape, traversing its ruins, contemplating its buildings and memorials, and carefully deconstructing the public debates and political controversies emerging from its past.