The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin

Molly Loberg (Author)

Product Details

Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
March 31, 2018
7.12 X 0.81 X 9.28 inches | 1.53 pounds
BISAC Categories:

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Molly Loberg of California Polytechnic State University, is a Fulbright Scholar and Humboldt Fellow. She has won several awards for her research, including the History Article Prize (2013) from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.


'Molly Loberg illuminates the sequential phases of the commercial and political 'scramble for space' and struggle for access to and control of the streets of post-World War I Berlin. Alongside the less well known contestations - the stories of rogue placard pasters, hawkers, beggars, unruly drivers, and gangs of thieves - is the assault on Jewish space in Berlin. The extinction of Jewish space preceded the extinction of Jewish life. This is a deeply-researched, highly original, and creative venture in spatial history.' Christopher R. Browning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
'It is a rare book that allows today's readers to mingle with yesterday's crowds, to touch the textures of streets, the noise of hype, but also to feel the suspicious glances of policemen, Nazis, and ordinary strangers. Loberg's superb book explores how possibility and apprehension intertwined to make and remake the face of twentieth-century Berlin.' Peter Fritzsche, author of An Iron Wind: Europe under Hitler
'Brimming with fresh empirical findings and intellectual insights, The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin makes a significant contribution to the historiography of the German metropolis in the Weimar and Nazi periods. The book should also be of interest to scholars of consumption, commerce and social control in European cities.' Moritz Föllmer, University of Amsterdam
'Placing the familiar story of the rise of National Socialism in the context of the changing texture of urban life, Molly Loberg offers a fresh perspective on Germany during the 1920s and 1930s. In an extremely well-researched book, she shows how people (and police) interacted in public space - through commerce, consumption, crime and the often chaotic patchwork of daily life - in the 'struggle for the streets of Berlin.' Richard Bessel, University of York
'How do the big political events and large-scale social transformations make their way into the ground-level experience of everyday lives? In this fascinating social topography of popular politics in early twentieth-century Berlin. Molly Loberg challenges many familiar assumptions about how political changes can occur.' Geoff Eley, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor