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Brian Melican
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Brian Melican


Signal Books Ltd

Local history;
Travel & holiday guides


224 pages

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Frankfurt is a city that punches well above its weight. Despite its diminutive size--it has fewer than a million inhabitants--it is a financial centre of global importance, named alongside metropolises and capitals such as Tokyo, London, and New York. Yet Frankfurt is a city that is also continually underestimated: many of the millions who visit it on business--both German and from other countries--see little more of it than its airport and its skyscrapers. The citys role in the global financial markets often obscures its importance as a historical and cultural centre, not just for Germany, but for Europe and the West as a whole. In the Middle Ages, Frankfurt was the city in which the Holy Roman Emperors were crowned and in which, at the dawn of the Renaissance, a tradition of printing and publishing was established which lives on in todays Frankfurt Book Fair. The German languages most enduring author, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, was born in the city, and the university named for him gave birth to one of the twentieth centurys most revolutionary academic developments, the Frankfurt School. Architecturally, too, the city has always been a pioneer: its famous skyline is only the latest and most visible in a series of bold experiments. Frankfurt has always been a capital without a country: the capital of the book trade, the capital of modern social studies, the capital of the Eurozone. Today, it rivals Brussels, Berlin, Paris, and London, and yet retains a deeply provincial, down-to-earth identity interwoven with the thick forests and farming country of its Hessian hinterland. While its population is one of the worlds most international, its dialect is one of Germanys most impenetrable. For those looking to do more than just change flights or sign a contract, this cultural guide takes a closer look at Frankfurt, exploring and explaining these dichotomies.

By:   Brian Melican
Imprint:   Signal Books Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
ISBN:   9781909930186
ISBN 10:   1909930180
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   June 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

BRIAN MELICAN is a British journalist, translator and author who has been living in Germany since 2008. He has published a range of articles, online videos and books in English and German.

'In this era of TripAdvisor and online travel forums, as the traditional guidebook appears to be sliding towards extinction, paper travel guides are struggling to redefine themselves. The model offered by the Innercities series is a city guide that eschews hotel and restaurant listings, instead devoting itself entirely to the historical and cultural context of a city. The latest subject is the German city of Frankfurt, a place perhaps best known for its stock exchange and its airport ... Its author Brian Melican is refreshingly frank about the limits of the city's allure.'--Times Literary Supplement

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