Berlin's Forgotten Future

City, History, and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Germany

By Matt Erlin

Berlin's Forgotten Future

238 pp., 6 x 9, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1463-2
    Published: April 2014

University of North Carolina Studies in Germanic Languages and Literature

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About the Author

Matt Erlin is assistant professor of German literature and culture at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri.
For more information about Matt Erlin, visit the Author Page.


"Erlin challenges the common view that eighteenth-century Germany had no understanding of urban modernity, demonstrating that although Berlin did not function as a German capital, its environs were already producing a sizable body of writing on the experience of urban living. This book is an important contribution to our understanding of German culture because it applies discussions about urban experience and modernity that are normally reserved for the turn of the twentieth century to the new arena of eighteenth-century studies."--Daniel L. Purdy, Pennsylvania State University