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Death in the Tiergarten

Murder and Criminal Justice in the Kaiser’s Berlin

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$40.00 • £32.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674013179

Publication Date: 06/01/2004


304 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

9 halftones


This new book is a terrific read. It leads its readers into the lost world of Berlin’s courts in the last two and a half decades before World War One. Hett has done a remarkable job bringing to life the social and cultural history of criminal law, courtroom culture, and its popular reception in Wilhelmine Berlin. Throughout, he weaves accounts of specific trials into an analysis of the transformation of the criminal justice system.—Julia Bruggemann, H-Net

An extremely rich and well-argued analysis of the culture of the criminal courtroom in Wilhelmine Germany. Using stories about love, lust, betrayal, and honor—crime stories and city stories—Benjamin Hett pries open Berlin’s public life in brilliant, unexpected ways.—Peter Fritzsche, author of Reading Berlin 1900

Death in the Tiergarten is an impressive book. Written in a light and entertaining style, with elegance and wit, it is a rich source of thought-provoking insights. Hett offers his own distinct spin on some of the common themes of Berlin literature—crime, sex, sensation, mass media, and the dramatic character of life in the modern metropolis. This unusually successful and effective work of scholarship has the potential to reach a broad audience.—Jonathan Sperber, author of The European Revolutions, 1848–1851

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