Spending the 1989-1990 academic year in Eastern Germany, the historian Robert Darnton found himself caught up in the dramatic events in Berlin and Leipzig which eventually forced the re-unification of Germany. This eye-witness account of the French Revolution traces a revolution of a different kind where there were no barricades, no storming of the Bastille and no guillotines. Darnton covers both the overthrow of the old East German regime (September 1989 - January 1990) and the establishment of the new (January - July 1990) travelling widely to uncover the lives of those who had suffered in silence for 40 years. In hours of conversation with his academic colleagues and ordinary citizens, newly elected local officials and member of the staunch Communist Old Guard, and an extraordinary survivor of the Holocaust, Darnton heard the East Germans unburden themselves of their past and express their hopes for the future. Darnton's book shows the human face of revolution, thus refreshing our sense of the possible in history.
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Robert Darnton is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and the director of the University Library at Harvard University. His honors include a MacArthur Prize, the National Humanities Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and election to the French Legion of Honor. He is the author of The Great Cat Massacre and The Forbidden Bestsellers of Pre-Revolutionary France, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.From Kirkus Reviews:
Spending a year in Germany to write another monograph on the 18th century, Darnton (The Kiss of Lamourette, 1989, etc.; European History/Princeton) encountered history in the raw: the fall of the Berlin Wall and the movement toward German unification. Here, in describing these events, he proves himself a far lesser journalist than historian. The first chapter presents Darnton's ``Confessions of a Germanophobe'' and contains the irony of showing a scholar of the Enlightenment under long-term siege by the forces of his own prejudice and unreason. The text then rumbles along to cover developments that led up to the dancing on the Berlin Wall. Darnton is at his best when he forgets himself, listens to people, and tells the story--as he does increasingly in the second half of the book, which gives accounts of his travels, talks, and research in East Germany. Several reports are fresh and lively. And yet, in Darnton's own words, ``my greatest handicap was my ignorance. I have never spent much time studying German politics or culture. But at least I knew that I knew nothing, which is an advantage in a way.'' Perhaps--but not when language barriers or cultural misreadings hinder understanding. Darnton misses much of the heartbeat in Germany's gentle revolution. In Berlin, for instance, he has trouble catching on to the city's paradoxical brand of wit, which delights in proudly self-deprecating humor. Lacking cohesion, this reads frequently like an afterthought, with the additional flaw of placing the historian in conflict with the journalist. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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