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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Far from being mere antiquarian or sentimental curiosities, the rebuilt or reused fortresses of the Rhine reflect major changes in Germany and Europe during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Taylor begins The Castles of the Rhine with a synopsis of the major political, social and intellectual changes that influenced castle rebuilding in the nineteenth century. He then focuses on selected castles, describing their turbulent histories from the time of their original construction, through their destruction or decay, to their rediscovery in the 1800s and their continued preservation today.

Reading this book is equivalent to looking at history though a romantic-nationalist kaleidoscope. Amply illustrated with maps and photographs, The Castles of the Rhine is a wonderful companion for anyone with dreams or experience of journeying along the Rhine.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part One: Foundations
  2. pp. 23-23
  1. 1. Political and Economic Power on the Middle Rhine
  2. pp. 24-50
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  1. 2. Romanticism and Nationalism on the Middle Rhine
  2. pp. 51-68
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  1. 3. Monuments and Documents on the Middle Rhine
  2. pp. 69-96
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  1. Part Two: Vindicating the Old Regime
  2. pp. 97-97
  1. 4. The Holy Alliance in Stone
  2. pp. 98-111
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  1. 5. Hohenzollern Dreams
  2. pp. 112-126
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  1. 6. King of the Rhineland
  2. pp. 127-148
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  1. 7. The Hohenzollerns at the Hunt
  2. pp. 149-164
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  1. 8. The "Cartridge Prince" and His Consort
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. Part Three: Buttressing the Status Quo
  2. pp. 169-169
  1. 9. A Justification of Aristocratic Privilege
  2. pp. 170-188
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  1. 10. The Fulfilment of Bourgeois Ambition
  2. pp. 189-216
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  1. Part Four: Defending the Reich
  2. pp. 217-217
  1. 11. Symbols of German Unity
  2. pp. 218-228
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  1. 12. Monument to German Glory
  2. pp. 229-248
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  1. Part Five: Securing the Past for the Future
  2. pp. 249-249
  1. 13. To Entertain, Enlighten, and Exploit the Traveller
  2. pp. 250-263
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  1. 14. To Study the German Past
  2. pp. 264-281
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  1. 15. To Teach the Young and the Ignorant
  2. pp. 282-302
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  1. Part Six: Conclusion
  2. pp. 303-303
  1. 16. "Can Stones Speak?"
  2. pp. 304-315
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  1. Appendix 1. Glossary of Architectural Terms Used
  2. pp. 316-318
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  1. Appendix 2. Medieval Fantasies
  2. pp. 319-323
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  1. Appendix 3. Hohenzollern Castle Projects Outside the Rhineland
  2. pp. 324-332
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 333-376
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 377-382
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 383-389
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