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Through the Lion Gate


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Introduction Chapter 1: Out from the Island of Peacocks Chapter 2: The Human Zoo Chapter 3: To the Zoo! Animals and Society in the Imperial Capital Chapter 4: An End to the Sighing of the Animals Chapter 5: The Nazi Ox: The Berlin Zoo and Nazism Chapter 6: Animals among the Beasts: The Zoo Descends into War Chapter 7: The Hippo and the Panda: A Tale of Two Zoos Epilogue: Of Trams and Tortoises Bibliography

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Gary Bruce is Professor of History at the University of Waterloo. Winner of a distinguished teacher award, he is the author of The Firm: The Inside Story of the Stasi and of numerous articles on modern German history.


"this book certainly contributes to deepening our understanding of zoos and their varied histories. Bruce's study is worth reading not only for historians of modern and contemporary Germany, but also for zoo scholars and those more broadly interested in the theme of nature and modernity." -- Takashi Ito, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, English Historical Review "Gary Bruce is certainly a captivating storyteller who keeps the reader interested from beginning to end. The book is geared toward a general audience interested in urban history or the cultural history of zoological gardens. It will also make for enticing reading for undergraduate and beginning graduate students. ... this is surely a highly readable book that adds to our knowledge of zoos as well as to the history of Berlin in the modern period." -- Dorothee Brantz , Journal of Modern History "Bruce uncovers the many sinister sides of the zoo's history and the immense challenges during wartime." --Bernd Brunner, Times Literary Supplement With Through the Lion Gate, the Canadian historian Gary Bruce has written the first comprehensive history of Germany's oldest and arguably most prestigious zoo in English." -- Herman Reichenbach, Archives of Natural History Vol.45.1 "[Bruce] provides not only an ambitiously researched, convincingly written, and detailed history of the Berlin Zoological Garden, but an insightful study of Berlin and its people....Recommended."--CHOICE "[A] thoroughly engaging history of the zoo's development through time. What makes it so fascinating is that the story of the zoo is equally telling about contemporary society and politics."--Ulrike Zitzlsperger, Times Higher Education "With Through the Lion Gate: A History of the Berlin Zoo, historian Gary Bruce (The Firm) delivers a fascinating historical account of Berliners through the lens of their beloved zoo .Bruce's engaging narrative is complemented with photos of Bobby, Knut and other beloved animals; the Inuit and Nubian tribes; and the beautiful pagoda-style zoo architecture."--Shahina Piyarali, Shelf Awareness "Gary Bruce's lively book tells the story of the Berlin Zoo from its origins to the present. He explains its popularity but does not neglect the darker side of its history--the exhibiting of indigenous peoples in the nineteenth century, and the zoo's complicity in the Nazi years. Perhaps most important, readers will learn much about changing attitudes to animals from this elegant, informative work."--David Blackbourn, Vanderbilt University, author of The Conquest of Nature "Gary Bruce has compellingly chronicled the history over the two centuries of one of the most important European zoos. His narrative evokes both the human and the non-human participants in that history. Perhaps its greatest strength is that he does not present the Berlin zoo as an isolated institution. On the contrary, he interweaves his account of the zoo's internal affairs with the larger cultural and political vicissitudes experienced by the city of Berlin and by the larger German society."--Harriet Ritvo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of Noble Cows and Hybrid Zebras: Essays on Animals and History "In this fascinating account, based on meticulous research, Gary Bruce has uncovered the ways in which the Berlin Zoo, a favorite rendezvous for Berliners, adapted to the ideology of the political regimes that followed its foundation in 1844. We see people from far-flung regions being exhibited at the zoo as ethnographic specimens; we learn how under the Nazis its scientific work was manipulated to add credence to the regime's racial policies, and how Berliners recreated their beloved zoo after its almost total destruction by Allied bombing during World War II. So iconic a symbol was the zoo that with the division of the city during the Cold War, a rival, the Tierpark, was set up in East Berlin, intended not only as a place of recreation but also to reinforce communist ideology."--Caroline Grigson, author of Menagerie: the History of Exotic Animals in England "Through the Lion Gate is an enjoyable and interesting book and a work of admirable historical skill that can be appreciated by a broad readership."--Nigel Rothfels, German Studies Review "Intriguing historical personalities emerge from Bruce's profiles of animal suppliers and zoo directors struggling to maintain the institution under volatile political conditions."--Tuska Benes, History: Reviews of New Books

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