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Helsinki: A Cultural and Literary History (Cities of the Imagination)

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Helsinki is one of the world's most northerly capitals, but it is by no means a city frozen in northern wastes. Situated along the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, magnificent lakes and forests reach into Helsinki's urban heart. The Finnish capital offers a spectacular display of architecture and design: from the neoclassical magnificence imposed by a Russian Czar to the modernist chic of Nordic functionalism. Neil Kent explores the history and culture of the "Daughter of the Baltic," a small fishing village that became a powerhouse of design and technology. Through such differing cultural phenomena as saunas, railway stations and tango, he explains why Helsinki is a distinctive mix of tradition and innovation. THE CITY OF ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS: Engel, Czar Alexander I and the creation of an imperial metropolis; Alvar Aaalto and the birth of the modern; functionalism and high-tech innovation. THE CITY OF MUSIC AND THE ARTS: Sibelius, the national composer; conductors and performers; art galleries and installations. THE CITY OF HOSPITALITY: Art Nouveau hotels and cafes; sauna culture; famous visitors and refugees: Lenin and Hitler: multicultural Helsinki and a history of migration.

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Sibelius, Finland's national composer, is the main association with Finnish culture for most. Kent, who has taught Nordic culture at the University of Helsinki, provides a tour of Finland's capital that traces its evolution from a Baltic fishing village and Russian imperial city to a multicultural hi-tech and arts center today. The author is affiliated with the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Kent explores the history and culture of the "Daughter of the Baltic," a small fishing village that became a powerhouse of design and technology. Illustrations & maps.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566565448
Author:
Kent, Neil
Publisher:
Interlink Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Literary landmarks
Subject:
Helsinki
Subject:
Europe - Baltic States
Subject:
Helsinki (Finland) Description and travel.
Subject:
Literary landmarks - Finland - Helsinki
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Series:
Cities of the Imagination
Series Volume:
46
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.02x5.28x.66 in. .74 lbs.

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