Link to my page at Journalism.co.uk
This website is partly an accompaniment to my 2010-published history of Munich book, Munich: From Monks to Modernity. Please see the links below for press reviews, press releases, a PDF excerpt and a more comprehensive bibliography than in the actual book.
With this book, I have attempted to bring a more nuanced story of the city's history to an English-speaking readership for the first time. In short, the book's premise is that there is far more to Munich than the usual stereotypical images of Nazis, lederhosen and the Oktoberfest. In four initial chapters, the first half of the book takes readers through more than 850 years of history; the second half deals with three themes: Industry, Economy & Innovation; Art, Architecture & Place; Beer and Football.
The book also includes interviews with a number of experts on the city and its history, including, for example, historian Professor Sir Ian Kershaw, Bayern Munich footballer Philipp Lahm, Dr Michael Stephan, Senior Director of the Munich City Archive, and Professor Wolfgang Heckl, director of the superb Deutsches Museum.
TRY THE BOOK
Click the book cover (left) to download a
PDF of a few pages of the book
From the back cover:
Munich? Grand capital of Bavaria: city of art, the Oktoberfest and Germany's vaunted high-tech capital? Or city of angst: birthplace of Nazism, home to the British and French policy of `Appeasement' and the tragedy of the 1972 Olympics?
Few cities suffer from such a complex collection of contrasting images and stereotypes as Munich does. Encompassing numerous figures of European import, ranging from Holy Roman Emperors to artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, and from Thomas Mann to footballer Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Wheatley's Munich: From Monks to Modernity is a much-needed first comprehensive English-language history of Munich for decades. The book's readability makes it ideal for people wanting a short and vivid introduction to the 850 years of Munich's history.