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The Danube: A Cultural History (Landscapes of the Imagination)


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The Danube is the longest river in western and central Europe. Rising amidst the beautiful wooded hills of Germany's Black Forest, it touches or winds its way through ten countries and four capital cities before emptying into the Black Sea through a vast delta whose silt-filled channels spread across eastern Romania. From earliest times, the river has provided a route from Europe to Asia that was followed by armies and traders, while empires, from the Macedonian to the Habsburg, rose and fell along its length. Then, in the middle of the twentieth century, the Danube took on the role of a watery thread that unified a continent divided by the Iron Curtain. In the late 1980s the Iron Curtain lifted but the Danube valley soon became an arena for conflict during the violent break-up of the former Yugoslavia. Now, passing as it does through some of the world's youngest nations, including Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Moldova, and Ukraine, the river is a tangible symbol of a new, peaceful, and united Europe as well as a vital artery for commercial and leisure shipping.

Andrew Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of the landscape through which the Danube flows, where the enduring legacies of historical regimes from the Romans to the Nazis have all left their mark.

About the Author

Andrew Beattie is the author of Cairo: A Cultural History and The Alps: A Cultural History

Table of Contents

Introduction: "The King of the Rivers in Europe'

Part One: The Rising River: From the Black Forest to Passau

Ch 1- Through the Black Forest and Swabia

Ch 2- Through Bavaria

Part Two: The Blue Danube: Passau to Bratislava

Ch 3- Through Linz and Upper Austria

Ch 4- Through Vienna and Lower Austria

Ch 5- Through the Burgenland to Slovakia

Part Three: Into the Balkans: Bratislava to Belgrade

Ch 6- Bratislava and the Slovak-Hungarian Borderlands

Ch 7- Through the Hungarian Uplands

Ch 8- Budapest and the Heart of Hungary

Ch 9- Through the Former Yugoslavia

Part Four: Gorge Plain and Delta: From Belgrade to the Black Sea

Ch 10- Eastern Serbia and the Gorges

Ch 11- Touching Bulgaria

Ch 12- Through Eastern Romania

Ch 13- The Delta and the Black Sea

Bibliography and Further Reading

Index of Literary and Historical Names

Index of Places and Landmarks

Product Details

Beattie, Andrew
Oxford University Press, USA
Europe - Eastern
History, World | European
World History-Eastern Europe
Publication Date:
30 illustrations
5.8 x 8.1 x 1 in 0.85 lb

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