David Clay Large on the grand spas of Central Europe

David Clay Large gave a public lecture on: 'Muses in the Waters: The Cultural Landscape of the Grand Central European Spas, 1850-1933' (17 May 2018).

Grand hotels and spas: Marienbad, Czech Republic
Marienbad, Czech Republic

The lecture was simultaneously the keynote speech at the international colloquium 'Ritzy, recuperative, critical: The representation of Central European hotels, spas, and resorts in cultural critiques since circa 1900', organised by the Prokhorov Centre’s Seán Williams.

About our speaker

David Clay Large is a Professor at the Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, U. C. Berkeley.

A specialist on the history of Germany and Austria, Large has published, among others, 

  • Contending with Hitler: Varieties of German Resistance in the Third Reich (1992)
  • Germans to the Front: West German Rearmament in the Adenauer Era (1996)
  • Where Ghosts Walked: Munich’s Road to the Third Reich (1997)
  • Berlin (2000)
  • And the World Closed Its Doors: One Family’s Abandonment to the Holocaust (2003)
  • Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936 (2007)
  • Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games (2012)

David Clay Large’s most recent book is The Grand Spas of Central Europe: A History of Intrigue, Politics, Art, and Healing (2015).

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