The Danube: A Cultural History

Paperback | January 21, 2011

byAndrew Beattie

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The Danube is the longest river in western and central Europe. Rising amidst the beautiful wooded hills of Germany's Black Forest, it touches or winds its way through ten countries and four capital cities before emptying into the Black Sea through a vast delta whose silt-filled channels spreadacross eastern Romania. From earliest times, the river has provided a route from Europe to Asia that was followed by armies and traders, while empires, from the Macedonian to the Habsburg, rose and fell along its length. Then, in the middle of the twentieth century, the Danube took on the role of awatery thread that unified a continent divided by the Iron Curtain. In the late 1980s the Iron Curtain lifted but the Danube valley soon became an arena for conflict during the violent break-up of the former Yugoslavia. Now, passing as it does through some of the world's youngest nations, includingSlovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Moldova, and Ukraine, the river is a tangible symbol of a new, peaceful, and united Europe as well as a vital artery for commercial and leisure shipping. Andrew Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of the landscape through which the Danube flows, where the enduring legacies of historical regimes from the Romans to the Nazis have all left their mark.

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The Danube is the longest river in western and central Europe. Rising amidst the beautiful wooded hills of Germany's Black Forest, it touches or winds its way through ten countries and four capital cities before emptying into the Black Sea through a vast delta whose silt-filled channels spreadacross eastern Romania. From earliest times...

Anrew Beattie is author of Cairo: A Cultural History (OUP, 2005), and The Alps: A Cultural History (OUP, 2006).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 21, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199768358

ISBN - 13:9780199768356

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Introduction: "The King of the Rivers in Europe"Part One: The Rising River: From the Black Forest to Passau1. Through the Black Forest and Swabia2. Through BavariaPart Two: The Blue Danube: Passau to Bratislava3. Through Linz and Upper Austria4. Through Vienna and Lower Austria5. Through the Burgenland to SlovakiaPart Three: Into the Balkans: Bratislava to Belgrade6. Bratislava and the Slovak-Hungarian Borderlands7. Through the Hungarian Uplands8. Budapest and the Heart of Hungary9. Through the Former YugoslaviaPart Four: Gorge Plain and Delta: From Belgrade to the Black Sea10. Eastern Serbia and the Gorges11. Touching Bulgaria12. Through Eastern Romania13. The Delta and the Black SeaBibliography and Further ReadingIndex of Literary and Historical NamesIndex of Places and Landmarks