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 spread across eastern Romania. From earliest times, the river has provided a route fromThe 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 spread across 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 a watery 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, including Slovakia, 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....
|Title||:||The Danube: A Cultural History|
|Number of Pages||:||266 Pages|
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The Danube: A Cultural History Reviews
This is an excellent accompaniment to a Danube journey. The book is broken up into sections of the river which allows the traveller to understand the history and culture of each town, city, region or country as she sails east towards the Black Sea. It is lacking in photographs and those it does have are not identified. I would have liked more detailed maps too. It's the best book on the Danube I've read though and I'm looking forward to reading it again on my journey in September 2012.
Well, I agree with Fiona it's a good travel book. I liked Beattie's explanation re: the derivation of Budapest's name. The obvious combination of Buda and Pest occurring after the Magyars took over from the Romans and renamed Aquincum. Chieftan Buda being the name of Arpad's brother,the twin founders of Hungary and Pest coming from the Slavic wordPec. Don't ask me why but the combination reminds me of goulash, spicy. I agree with Fiona that there should be more illustraions: in particular, photos with captions and maps. Overall, a helpful introduction and am looking to supplement it with Danube: A Journey Through the Landscape, History and Culture of Central Europe by Claudio Magris and translated by Patrick Creagh.
Still waiting for the book that will do justice to the lower course of the river, though.
Focus on the river and those who have traveled it, nifty travel guide, informative.