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Revolutionary Berlin

Revolutionary Berlin

A Walking Guide

by Nathaniel Flakin

An immersive radical walking guide to one of Europe's most popular cities

Few European cities can boast a history as storied and tumultuous as that of Berlin. For more than 150 years it has been at the centre of revolutionary politics; of era-defining struggles between the Left and the Right. It has been bombed, rebuilt and carved in two.

In Revolutionary Berlin, veteran tour guide Nathaniel Flakin invites you to stand in the places where this history was written, and to follow in the footsteps of those who helped write it. Through nine self-guided tours illustrated with maps and photographs, readers enter the heady world of 19th century anti-colonial struggles, the 1918 November Revolution and the 1987 May Day riots — encountering the city's workers, queer community and radical women along the way.

The first English-language guidebook to tell the story of Berlin's radical history, this is a must-have for Berliners and visitors alike.

Nathaniel Flakin is a freelance journalist and historian based in Berlin. He is the author of Martin Monath: A Jewish Resistance Fighter Among Nazi Soldiers.

'A guide through Berlin's riveting history that is gripping, tragic, triumphant and above all, authentic'

- Dan Arrows, host of 'The Iron Dice' Podcast

'Fascinating and eclectic. This guidebook illuminates hidden histories with clarity, honesty, wit and irony. Read it and walk it!'

- David Rosenberg, author of 'Rebel Footprints'

'Inspirational. This collection of walking tours of Red Berlin is full of wonderful tales from a city which has, despite everything, remained experimental and revolutionary while others have become little more than malls or museums, all related with a deliciously bone-dry Berlinische humour'

- Owen Hatherley, author of Red Metropolis

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and German Words
Introduction
1. (Anti)Colonialism
2. November Revolution
3. Rosa Luxemburg’s Berlin
4. Neukölln Will Stay Red!
5. 1968 in West Berlin
6. Riots in Kreuzberg
7. The East Is Red
8. Queer Berlin
9. Berlinerinnen
10. Afterword: Where This Book Was Written
About the Author
Index

Published by Pluto Press in Apr 2022
Paperback ISBN: 9780745346410
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745346427
eBook ISBN: 9780745346434

304 pages

129mm x 198mm

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