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Assignment #1: Annotated Bibliography on the City of BerlinByWil Sinclair170485400GG271OC: Temporal Perspectives on CitiesDr. Marinel MandresDepartment of Geography and Environmental StudiesWilfrid Laurier UniversityMay 24, 2019
The historically rich city of Berlin was first named in 1244 after being established by the Germans for both geographic and trading purposes as it lay over a popular trading route across the Spree River. Since its establishment, the city of Berlin has been home to many historical events, comprising of both exceptional and dreadful moments. Though once a major war zone, being deemed the front line of the Cold War, Berlin also marked the end of Nazi Germany as it was here where Adolf Hitler committed suicide, leading to the downfall of the Nazis. Currently, Berlin is the capital city of Germany and one of the leading tourist attractions in Europe. The annotated bibliography following will be dedicated to understanding the formation and development of the city that is now Berlin, Germany.Annotated BibliographyBerentsen, W.H. “Brandenburg.” In Encyclopædia Britannica [Online] 2015. Available: This article written by Britannica explains the geography, and history of the Province Brandenburg in which the capital city Berlin is located. Surprisingly, Brandenburg is one of the least densely populated and poorest states in Germany. The landscape of Brandenburg consists mostly of pine and fir forests, as well as a plethora of lakes. The demographic of Brandenburg consists mostly of people of German descent as well as small indigenous Slavic groups, who were some of the earliest settlers in Berlin. As stated in the article, the larger towns in Brandenburg serve as regional centers for service activities. Initially, Brandenburg was owned bythe Holy Roman Empire, furthermore, it was the base of the early stages of the kingdom of Prussia.
Berlin.de Editors. “Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing.” In Berlin.de[Online] 2019. Available: This article explains the land use plan and urban development of the city of Berlin. The article links many further web pages that explain the plan for building facilities, lakes, disposal centers and much more. Furthermore, it explains in detail each individual region and Berlin and what they plan to do with each plot of land and each division. The article makes constant updatesto the plan and has explanations of each development decision they have made. Finally, the article contains updates on the current urban plans and contains updated maps of the new facilities and areas.