Chanel 5 & world history

“The scent of empires: Chanel Nº 5 and Red Moscow” is the title of a new book by the noted German historian of Eastern Europe Karl Schlögel. The story of two scents – Chanel No 5 and Krasnaja Moskwa – epitomizes 20th century European history. In the context of scent culture it is a remarkable book linking the world of perfumery to politics: the Russian revolution, Wjatscheslaw Molotow and European history at large. At this point the book is available in German language.

Karl Schlögel: “Der Duft der Imperien”. Chanel Nº 5 und Rotes Moskau. Carl Hanser Verlag, München 2020. 221 S., Abb., geb., 23,- [Euro].

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