This is the TnCIS information for the Grand European Capitals program, including course overview and details.
Fodor's Amsterdam by Karin Engelbrecht, Lily Heaton, Liz Humphreys & Tim Skelton
Call Number: DJ411.A53 2021
Publication Date: 2021
Rick Steves' Paris by Rick Steves, Steve Smith & Gene Openshaw
Call Number: DC708 .S664 2018
Publication Date: 2018
Rick Steves' Berlin by Rick Steves, with Cameron Hewitt & Gene Openshaw
Call Number: DD859 .S74 2021
Publication Date: 2021
Books About Grand European Capitals History and Culture in the JSCC Library
Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto
Call Number: DJ411.A55 S56 2013
Sweeping across the city's colourful thousand year history, Amsterdam brings the place to life: its sights and smells; its politics and people. Concentrating on two significant periods - the late 1500s to the mid 1600s and then from the Second World War to the present, Russell Shorto's masterful biography looks at Amsterdam's central preoccupations. Just as fin-de-siecle Vienna was the birthplace of psychoanalysis, seventeenth century Amsterdam was the wellspring of liberalism, and today it is still a city that takes individual freedom very seriously. A wonderfully evocative book that takes Amsterdam's dramatic past and present and populates it with a whole host of colourful characters, Amsterdam is the definitive book on this great city.
CultureShock! Netherlands contains all the essential information that will help you settle effortlessly into the land renowned for its tulips. Discover the importance of the country's many windmills, canals, polders and dykes and understand how the amazing feats of hydraulic engineering have shaped the physical landscape. Learn more about the Dutch people, their Calvinist attitude to work and the concepts of overleg and gezelliheid. Benefit from the practical advice on housing, transportation and education as well as the information about the many cultural activities the country has to offer.
David Clay Large's definitive history of Berlin is framed by the two German unifications of 1871 and 1990. Between these two events several themes run like a thread through the city's history: a persistent inferiority complex; a distrust among many ordinary Germans, and the national leadership of the "unloved city's" electric atmosphere, fast tempo, and tradition of unruliness; its status as a magnet for immigrants, artists, intellectuals, and the young; the opening up of social, economic, and ethnic divisions as sharp as the one created by the Wall.
CultureShock! Berlin will bring you on an exciting discovery and pave the way for a smooth and enjoyable stay in this ever-changing city. Full of practical information and interesting insights, the book is a valuable road map for expatriates and long-term visitors on how Berliners tick, and how to get on and along in the city, down to how to separate rubbish for recycling, which, in Germany, is something for which you need an instruction manual. Understand the mechanisms of a city that has played such a compelling role on the world’s political and historical stage. Appreciate the discipline and punctuality of the Berliners and learn how to get behind their serious exterior and the famous Berliner Schnauze. With its lovely parks, marvellous museums and rich artistic and cultural roots, Berlin will also surprise you with its unique beauty and charm. CultureShock! Berlin is your essential guide to making this city your own.
Germany: A New History by Hagen Schulze & Deborah L. Schneider
Call Number: DD89 .S39613 1998
In one concise volume, Hagen Schulze brilliantly conveys the full sweep of German history, from the days of the Romans to the fall of the Berlin Wall. A story two thousand years in the making, it rings with battle, murmurs with intrigue, and hums with the music of everyday life. This richly various legacy, often overshadowed and distorted by the nation's recent past, offers a hopeful answer to the perennial question of what kind of country Germany is and will be.
CultureShock! Paris is the indispensable guide for anyone planning a stay in the City of Light. Let Frances Gendlin; whose Parisian insider knowledge and non-native perspective are invaluable; take you through the process of settling in; whether for short or longer stays. From finding your own pied-à-terre and navigating French bureaucracy to discussing haute cuisine and French wines; all the practical information you need will be at your fingertips. As a guest in France; should you kiss your host or shake his hand? Is it rude to be late or rude to be early for a party? And what about meeting the French and making friends? If you're lucky enough to find yourself in this exquisite and sophisticated city; get the most out of your stay by learning from this essential and fun-to-read guide!
France in the World by Patrick Boucheron (editor) & Stephane Gerson (editor)
Call Number: DC17 .H57413 2019
This dynamic collection presents a new way of writing national and global histories while developing our understanding of France in the world through short, provocative essays that range from prehistoric frescoes to Coco Chanel to the terrorist attacks of 2015.