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Co-winner of the Urban History Association 2017-18 Best Book Award (Non-North American)
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Emotional Cities (inbunden)

Emotional Cities

Debates on Urban Change in Berlin and Cairo, 1860-1910

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Analyzing debates about emotions and urban change in Berlin and Cairo, Joseph Ben Prestel questions the assumed dissimilarity of the history of European and Middle Eastern cities in the second half of the nineteenth century.
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Sace Elder, German History In this study of Berlin and Cairo, Joseph Ben Prestel offers an approach to comparative urban history that avoids normative Eurocentric assumptions about urbanization and modernity. Rather than examining the cities themselves, he instead focuses on the emotional experiences of those who lived in cities... Theoretically informed but accessibly written, this work will prove as useful to the advanced undergraduate student as for the specialized researcher

Jens Wietschorke, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Providing an outstanding theoretical framework, [this book] can be seen as a piece of pioneer work in recent cultural history concerning the combination of urbanization and history of emotions ... Based on a broad range of sources and literature from various disciplines, the study represents a transdisciplinary work par excellence.

Jan Plamper, Goldsmiths, University of London Joseph Ben Prestel demonstrates that foregrounding emotions eschews stagist models of comparison (such as 'Cairo in 1900 was as modernised as Berlin in 1870'). An emotions approach thus globalises one of the last bastions of non-globalised history urban history. This is an excellent book with a forceful narrative and scintillating stories drawn from prodigious primary research in Arabic, German, French, and English.

Lucie Ryzova, University of Birmingham This is a highly interesting project, promising to fill a number of gaps in existing scholarship through its dual focus on urban history and the history of emotions. It is conceptually fresh and innovative, well researched, and elegantly written.

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Joseph Ben Prestel is a historian of Europe and the Middle East at Freie Universitat Berlin. He received his PhD in history from FU Berlin in 2015. Before joining FU's history department, he held a position at the research center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. He has also held fellowships at Cambridge University and the American University in Cairo.


Introduction 1: What is Love? Morality and "French Stimulation" in Berlin 2: Who is Rational? Feelings between Hearts and Hymens in Cairo 3: Streets of Excitement: Emotions on Friedrichstrasse 4: Neighborhood of Passion: Losing Rationality in Azbakiyya 5: Precarious Calm: Berlin's Emotional Reform 6: Haunted Happiness: Cairo's Suburbs and Sports Conclusion: Towards a Global History of Urban Change in the Nineteenth Century Bibliography