Helsinki : A Cultural History

by Neil Kent | History | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9781566565448 Global Overview for this book
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Journal Entry 1 by wingPeoniowing from Porvoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, April 12, 2024
"Helsinki is one of the world's most northerly capitals, but it is by no means a city frozen in icy wastes. Situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, magnificent lakes and forests reach into Helsinki's urban heart, a rare event in today's world of suburban sprawl. The city’s natural beauty, emphasized by parks and islands, is matched by an extraordinary cultural richness, the result of fruitful foreign influences and home-grown creativity. The Finnish capital offers a spectacular display of architecture and design: from the neoclassical magnificence imposed by a Russian Czar to the modernist chic of Nordic functionalism.

Neil Kent explores the history and culture of the "Daughter of the Baltic", a small fishing village that became a powerhouse of design and technology. Tracing its dramatic past of conflict and conflagration, he explores the evolution of a national, and urban, identity through architecture, art and writing. Through such differing cultural phenomena as saunas, railway stations and tango, he explains why Helsinki is a distinctive mix of tradition and innovation.

City of architects and designers: Engel, Czar Alexander I and the creation of an imperial metropolis; Alvar Aaalto and the birth of the modern; functionalism and high-tech innovation.

City of music and the arts: Sibelius, the national composer; conductors and performers; art galleries and installations; National Romanticism and the Nordic aesthetic.

City of hospitality: Venerable hotels and cafés; sauna culture; famous visitors and refugees: Lenin and Hitler; multicultural Helsinki and a history of migration."

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Journal Entry 2 by wingPeoniowing at BC 2024 Convention in Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, April 18, 2024

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To the BookCrossing Convention 2024 in Tampere, have a nice weekend!

Journal Entry 3 by wingkirjakkowing at BC 2024 Convention in Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, April 18, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (4/19/2024 UTC) at BC 2024 Convention in Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

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The courier should read this herself, my knowledge of Helsinki is soooo poor. Luckily the font is so small that I will gladly leave the book to younger readers.

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