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The Jewish Contribution to Modern Architecture 1830-1930

The Jewish Contribution to Modern Architecture 1830-1930

By Fredric Bedoire

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A book about architecture and society, a wide-ranging cultural and historical depiction of successful Jewish entrepreneurs in an increasingly industrialized Europe, from the dissolution of the ghetto and the 1848 liberation movement to Hitler's assumption of power in Germany. Inspired by Jewish messianism, they pursued a modern culture, free from the old feudal society.
The principal characters are bankers, merchants, and industrialists together with their architects, from Schinkel and Semper to Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. They built in Paris, Berlin, and Vienna, Budapest and New York and Chicago, and in more remote centers of Jewish entrepreneurial activity, such as Oradea (Nagyvrad) in present-day Romania and Lodz in Poland, Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden. The buildings shed new light on the Europe of today, but also on a Europe that is lost beyond recall.
Much of the modern European urban landscape was inspired by the initiative of these industrialists and philanthropists.
Coincidental to the main thesis, this volume is also a history of Jews in the period.

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ISBN 978-088-125-808-0
Pages 518
Format Hardcover
SKU ktav2007
Publisher Ktav Publishing House