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Fleeting Cities

Imperial Expositions in Fin-de-Siècle Europe


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Alexander C. T. Geppert
    Pages 1-15
  3. Alexander C. T. Geppert
    Pages 101-133
  4. Alexander C. T. Geppert
    Pages 248-249
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 250-406

About this book


Imperial expositions held in fin-de-siècle London, Paris and Berlin were knots in a world wide web. Conceptualizing expositions as meta-media, Fleeting Cities constitutes a transnational and transdisciplinary investigation into how modernity was created and displayed, consumed and disputed in the European metropolis around 1900.


1900 Berlin empire Europe

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Freie Universität BerlinGermany

About the authors

ALEXANDER C. T. GEPPERT  is Emmy Noether Research Group Director at Freie Universität Berlin. He received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and has held fellowships in Berkeley, Paris, London, Vienna, Essen and at Harvard University. At present he is writing a book on the cultural history of outer space in the European imagination of the twentieth century.

Bibliographic information


“This book is a stunning achievement. … The whole volume is full of insights, as the reader is taught how to read an exposition, as existing chronologies (not least the belief that exhibitions declined in popularity) are challenged and overturned, and as Geppert offers new ways of conceptualising the whole process, uncovering transnational links and exploring these places as sites for an urban modernity in ways that other authors have hitherto scarcely touched on.” (William Whyte, English Historical Review, February, 2016)

"Geppert not only invites us to look beyond exhibitions as vessels of imperial propaganda, but also adds depth to our understanding of them with his theorised account on the spatial element of world exhibitions.” (Matthijs Kuipers, European Review of History, Vol. 22 (6), August, 2015)