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Berlin Electropolis: Shock, Nerves, and German Modernity

Andreas Killen


This book ties the German discourse on nervousness in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to Berlin's transformation into a capital of the second industrial revolution. Focusing on three key groups—railway personnel, soldiers, and telephone operators—the book traces the emergence in the 1880s and then later decline of the belief that modernity caused nervous illness. During this period Berlin became arguably the most advanced metropolis in Europe. A host of changes, many associated with breakthroughs in technologies of transportation, communication, and leisure, combined to alter ... More

Keywords: Germany, Berlin, railway personnel, soldiers, telephone operators, modernity, mental illness, social change, World War I, electricity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520243620
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520243620.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Killen, author