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The seduction of culture in German history /
Wolf Lepenies.
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2006.
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viii, 260 p. ; 24 cm.
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0691121311 (alk. paper), 9780691121314 (alk. paper)
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2006.
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0691121311 (alk. paper)
9780691121314 (alk. paper)
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5856553
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-248) and index.
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"Wolf Lepenies has written a penetrating account of the role of Germany's self-image as the home of Kultur in that country's intellectual and political history. His range of reference is amazingly wide, and his writing is a delight. "The Seduction of Culture in German History" combines striking anecdotes, historical sweep, and incisive critical analysis."--Richard Rorty, Stanford University"For anyone who has been astonished by the German obsession with high culture--even in economic hard times, Berlin has three opera houses--Wolf Lepenies's deeply intelligent book is indispensable reading. But "The Seduction of Culture in German History" is more than the history of a national obsession. It is a searching analysis of the ways in which culture can serve as a sinister substitute for ethical engagement in democratic politics. With his brilliant forays into the cultural history of America and France and his dazzling sweep from Bismarck to the present, Lepenies has written a book whose passionate commitment to participatory democracy is rendered the nobler by his sophisticated irony and urbanity."--Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University, author of "Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare"""The Seduction of Culture in German History" is a powerful and sustained meditation on the dilemmas of Germany's legendary infatuation with Kultur. These themes have never been brought together so impressively and convincingly. This marvelous tour d'horizon of twentieth-century German intellectual life provocatively suggests that the central interpretive questions about the German past remain unsettled. Lepenies's prose is lively, witty, and engaging. Every paragraph is packed withdazzling insight. The writing is lapidary, the conclusions magisterial."--Richard Wolin, CUNY Graduate Center"Wolf Lepenies has written a wonderfully erudite and thought-provoking book on that grand theme of German history since the eighteenth century: the immense value placed upon Kultur and the disparagement of politics. Lepenies accomplishes his task by taking the reader on a wide-ranging tour through the thought and biographies of many of the key figures of German, French, and American intellectual life. The problem he examines is a critical one for understanding Germany and the connections between it and the United States. The book is an intellectual tour de force written in a fluent and highly engaging style."--Eric D. Weitz, University of Minnesota
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"Wolf Lepenies has written a penetrating account of the role of Germany's self-image as the home of Kultur in that country's intellectual and political history. His range of reference is amazingly wide, and his writing is a delight. The Seduction of Culture in German History combines striking anecdotes, historical sweep, and incisive critical analysis."-- Richard Rorty, Stanford University "For anyone who has been astonished by the German obsession with high culture--even in economic hard times, Berlin has three opera houses--Wolf Lepenies's deeply intelligent book is indispensable reading. But The Seduction of Culture in German History is more than the history of a national obsession. It is a searching analysis of the ways in which culture can serve as a sinister substitute for ethical engagement in democratic politics. With his brilliant forays into the cultural history of America and France and his dazzling sweep from Bismarck to the present, Lepenies has written a book whose passionate commitment to participatory democracy is rendered the nobler by his sophisticated irony and urbanity."-- Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University, author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare " The Seduction of Culture in German History is a powerful and sustained meditation on the dilemmas of Germany's legendary infatuation with Kultur. These themes have never been brought together so impressively and convincingly. This marvelous tour d'horizon of twentieth-century German intellectual life provocatively suggests that the central interpretive questions about the German past remain unsettled. Lepenies's prose is lively, witty, and engaging. Every paragraph is packed with dazzling insight. The writing is lapidary, the conclusions magisterial."-- Richard Wolin, CUNY Graduate Center "Wolf Lepenies has written a wonderfully erudite and thought-provoking book on that grand theme of German history since the eighteenth century: the immense value placed upon Kultur and the disparagement of politics. Lepenies accomplishes his task by taking the reader on a wide-ranging tour through the thought and biographies of many of the key figures of German, French, and American intellectual life. The problem he examines is a critical one for understanding Germany and the connections between it and the United States. The book is an intellectual tour de force written in a fluent and highly engaging style."-- Eric D. Weitz, University of Minnesota
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"Wolf Lepenies has written a penetrating account of the role of Germany's self-image as the home of Kultur in that country's intellectual and political history. His range of reference is amazingly wide, and his writing is a delight. The Seduction of Culture in German History combines striking anecdotes, historical sweep, and incisive critical analysis."--Richard Rorty, Stanford University "For anyone who has been astonished by the German obsession with high culture--even in economic hard times, Berlin has three opera houses--Wolf Lepenies's deeply intelligent book is indispensable reading. But The Seduction of Culture in German History is more than the history of a national obsession. It is a searching analysis of the ways in which culture can serve as a sinister substitute for ethical engagement in democratic politics. With his brilliant forays into the cultural history of America and France and his dazzling sweep from Bismarck to the present, Lepenies has written a book whose passionate commitment to participatory democracy is rendered the nobler by his sophisticated irony and urbanity."--Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University, author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare " The Seduction of Culture in German History is a powerful and sustained meditation on the dilemmas of Germany's legendary infatuation with Kultur. These themes have never been brought together so impressively and convincingly. This marvelous tour d'horizon of twentieth-century German intellectual life provocatively suggests that the central interpretive questions about the German past remain unsettled. Lepenies's prose is lively, witty, and engaging. Every paragraph is packed with dazzling insight. The writing is lapidary, the conclusions magisterial."--Richard Wolin, CUNY Graduate Center "Wolf Lepenies has written a wonderfully erudite and thought-provoking book on that grand theme of German history since the eighteenth century: the immense value placed upon Kultur and the disparagement of politics. Lepenies accomplishes his task by taking the reader on a wide-ranging tour through the thought and biographies of many of the key figures of German, French, and American intellectual life. The problem he examines is a critical one for understanding Germany and the connections between it and the United States. The book is an intellectual tour de force written in a fluent and highly engaging style."--Eric D. Weitz, University of Minnesota
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-02-01:
How can German culture, steeped in the musical and literary genius of Mozart, Beethoven, Goethe, Heine, and Mann, be reconciled with the barbarism of the Third Reich? German-born sociologist Lepenies (Free Univ., Berlin) grapples with this question in a highly thought-provoking, if not contentious, series of "history of ideas" vignettes. Lepenies traces the evolution of the Kulturnation, a nation united by culture rather than by political institutions, from the 18th century, when it emerged in the absence of a central German state, until German reunification in 1990. Substituting culture for politics was neither exceptional nor unique to Germany, yet it managed to play a "greater role" and had more serious consequences there than elsewhere. Thomas Mann stands out as Lepenies's "guide" or pivotal figure. Mann's Faustian struggle between Kultur and Politik (politics) mirrored that of his fellow citizens and played out on two continents over the course of four decades. Chapters offer insight into the Franco-German "culture wars," Germany's immediate post-WW II cultural effervescence (1945-49), the different responses of a divided Germany to culture and politics, and finally the ways in which a reunified Germany remembers the Holocaust. Lepenies concludes with a cautiously optimistic view of Germans' reconciliation of culture and politics. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. Shevin-Coetzee formerly, George Washington University
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2006-02-06:
The German obsession with high culture has no parallel elsewhere: Berlin alone has three opera houses, and Hitler was more distraught by the Allied bombing of Nazi-approved cultural monuments than the destruction of his cities. Lepenies, a leading German intellectual and journalist, examines this pride, a phenomenon he says is at odds with the status of culture in France, Britain and America. In the latter countries, the concept of "culture" includes everything from politics to sports, morality to social issues. Only in Germany does Kultur solely represent the exalted life of the mind; it opposes, "with mandarin-like scorn," everyday politics and economics, and carries a concomitant belief in the superiority of the German nation over other nations concerned with such matters. Lepenies brilliantly argues that this notion of Kultur has profoundly influenced Germany's domestic and foreign policy for centuries. According to Lepenies, the German indifference to politics partly caused the downfall of the Weimar Republic (too few could be bothered to defend it from its enemies), contributed to the rise of Nazi ideology and continues to shape Germany's sometimes troubled relations with its European neighbors and America. Lepenies's concise insights make for a fascinating read. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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A highly thought-provoking, if not contentious, series of 'history of ideas' vignettes. Lepenies traces the evolution of the "Kulturnation," a nation united by culture rather than by political institutions, from the 18th century, when it emerged in the absence of a central German state, until German reunification in 1990. . . . Lepenies concludes with a cautiously optimistic view of Germans' reconciliation of culture and politics. . . . Highly recommended.
A highly thought-provoking, if not contentious, series of 'history of ideas' vignettes. Lepenies traces the evolution of the Kulturnation , a nation united by culture rather than by political institutions, from the 18th century, when it emerged in the absence of a central German state, until German reunification in 1990. . . . Lepenies concludes with a cautiously optimistic view of Germans' reconciliation of culture and politics. . . . Highly recommended.
"A highly thought-provoking, if not contentious, series of 'history of ideas' vignettes. Lepenies traces the evolution of the Kulturnation , a nation united by culture rather than by political institutions, from the 18th century, when it emerged in the absence of a central German state, until German reunification in 1990. . . . Lepenies concludes with a cautiously optimistic view of Germans' reconciliation of culture and politics. . . . Highly recommended."-- Choice
A highly thought-provoking, if not contentious, series of 'history of ideas' vignettes. Lepenies traces the evolution of the Kulturnation , a nation united by culture rather than by political institutions, from the 18th century, when it emerged in the absence of a central German state, until German reunification in 1990. . . . Lepenies concludes with a cautiously optimistic view of Germans' reconciliation of culture and politics. . . . Highly recommended. -- Choice
A highly thought-provoking, if not contentious, series of 'history of ideas' vignettes. Lepenies traces the evolution of theKulturnation, a nation united by culture rather than by political institutions, from the 18th century, when it emerged in the absence of a central German state, until German reunification in 1990. . . . Lepenies concludes with a cautiously optimistic view of Germans' reconciliation of culture and politics. . . . Highly recommended. -- Choice
A highly thought-provoking . . . series of 'history of ideas' vignettes. Lepenies traces the evolution of the Kulturnation, a nation united by culture rather than by political institutions, from the 18th century, when it emerged in the absence of a central German reunification in 1990. . . . Lepenies concludes with a cautiously optimistic view of Germans' reconciliation of culture and politics. . . . Highly recommended.
"A highly thought-provoking . . . series of 'history of ideas' vignettes. Lepenies traces the evolution of the Kulturnation, a nation united by culture rather than by political institutions, from the 18th century, when it emerged in the absence of a central German reunification in 1990. . . . Lepenies concludes with a cautiously optimistic view of Germans' reconciliation of culture and politics. . . . Highly recommended."-- Choice
A highly thought-provoking . . . series of 'history of ideas' vignettes. Lepenies traces the evolution of the Kulturnation, a nation united by culture rather than by political institutions, from the 18th century, when it emerged in the absence of a central German reunification in 1990. . . . Lepenies concludes with a cautiously optimistic view of Germans' reconciliation of culture and politics. . . . Highly recommended. -- Choice
At times German cultural pride has become so obsessive that it's distorted the development of society. In an audacious new book, The Seduction of Culture in German History, . . . Wolf Lepenies blames the catastrophes of 20th-century German politics on a tendency to overrate culture at the expense of politics.
At times German cultural pride has become so obsessive that it's distorted the development of society. In an audacious new book, The Seduction of Culture in German History , . . . Wolf Lepenies blames the catastrophes of 20th-century German politics on a tendency to overrate culture at the expense of politics.
"At times German cultural pride has become so obsessive that it's distorted the development of society. In an audacious new book, The Seduction of Culture in German History , . . . Wolf Lepenies blames the catastrophes of 20th-century German politics on a tendency to overrate culture at the expense of politics."-- Robert Fulford, National Post
At times German cultural pride has become so obsessive that it's distorted the development of society. In an audacious new book, The Seduction of Culture in German History , . . . Wolf Lepenies blames the catastrophes of 20th-century German politics on a tendency to overrate culture at the expense of politics. -- Robert Fulford, National Post
At times German cultural pride has become so obsessive that it's distorted the development of society. In an audacious new book,The Seduction of Culture in German History, . . . Wolf Lepenies blames the catastrophes of 20th-century German politics on a tendency to overrate culture at the expense of politics. -- Robert Fulford, National Post
It is . . . one of Lepenies' achievements to be able to combine irony and engagement. . . . [T]here is a refreshing combination of restrained detachment with an unambiguous commitment to the ideal of a free society.
"It is . . . one of Lepenies achievements to be able to combine irony and engagement. . . . [T]here is a refreshing combination of restrained detachment with an unambiguous commitment to the ideal of a free society."-- Beatrice Puja, European Legacy
It is . . . one of Lepenies' achievements to be able to combine irony and engagement. . . . [T]here is a refreshing combination of restrained detachment with an unambiguous commitment to the ideal of a free society. -- Beatrice Puja, European Legacy
[Lepenies] gives a thorough treatment of the culture wars between France and Germany, 0mile Durkheim and Max Weber, the role culture played behind the Iron Curtain, and how the intellectuals triumphed over the communists throughout much of Eastern Europe but not in the German Democratic Republic . . .. Lepenies excels . . . in his examination of German society and its embrace of culture while shunning politics. -- Victorino Matus, First Things
[Lepenies] gives a thorough treatment of the culture wars between France and Germany, Émile Durkheim and Max Weber, the role culture played behind the Iron Curtain, and how the intellectuals triumphed over the communists throughout much of Eastern Europe but not in the German Democratic Republic . . .. Lepenies excels . . . in his examination of German society and its embrace of culture while shunning politics.
[Lepenies] gives a thorough treatment of the culture wars between France and Germany, ?mile Durkheim and Max Weber, the role culture played behind the Iron Curtain, and how the intellectuals triumphed over the communists throughout much of Eastern Europe but not in the German Democratic Republic . . .. Lepenies excels . . . in his examination of German society and its embrace of culture while shunning politics.
"[Lepenies] gives a thorough treatment of the culture wars between France and Germany, mile Durkheim and Max Weber, the role culture played behind the Iron Curtain, and how the intellectuals triumphed over the communists throughout much of Eastern Europe but not in the German Democratic Republic . . .. Lepenies excels . . . in his examination of German society and its embrace of culture while shunning politics."-- Victorino Matus, First Things
[Lepenies] gives a thorough treatment of the culture wars between France and Germany, Émile Durkheim and Max Weber, the role culture played behind the Iron Curtain, and how the intellectuals triumphed over the communists throughout much of Eastern Europe but not in the German Democratic Republic . . .. Lepenies excels . . . in his examination of German society and its embrace of culture while shunning politics. -- Victorino Matus, First Things
[Lepenies] gives a thorough treatment of the culture wars between France and Germany, mile Durkheim and Max Weber, the role culture played behind the Iron Curtain, and how the intellectuals triumphed over the communists throughout much of Eastern Europe but not in the German Democratic Republic . . .. Lepenies excels . . . in his examination of German society and its embrace of culture while shunning politics. -- Victorino Matus, First Things
Lepenies's reflections on French-German and American-German culture wars suggest that cultural interpretation is as much a part of the social world as any social or political fact. . . . [H]is history of an idea . . . contains important political lessons for both Europe and the United States. The substitution of culture for politics is a dangerous road to travel.
"Lepenies's reflections on French-German and American-German culture wars suggest that cultural interpretation is as much a part of the social world as any social or political fact. . . . [H]is history of an idea . . . contains important political lessons for both Europe and the United States. The substitution of culture for politics is a dangerous road to travel."-- Andreas Huyssen, The Nation
Lepenies's reflections on French-German and American-German culture wars suggest that cultural interpretation is as much a part of the social world as any social or political fact. . . . [H]is history of an idea . . . contains important political lessons for both Europe and the United States. The substitution of culture for politics is a dangerous road to travel. -- Andreas Huyssen, The Nation
[T]he eleven chapters/essays read most like a sophisticated and stimulating after-dinner conversation with much wit and many a dazzling insight and bon mot.
"[T]he eleven chapters/essays read most like a sophisticated and stimulating after-dinner conversation with much wit and many a dazzling insight and bon mot."-- Diethelm Prowe, Historian
[T]he eleven chapters/essays read most like a sophisticated and stimulating after-dinner conversation with much wit and many a dazzling insight and bon mot. -- Diethelm Prowe, Historian
"The Seduction of Culture in German History," by Wolf Lepenies, offers fresh insights into the causes of the Nazi lunacy. Erudite and richly detailed, it traces the pathology of nationalist and cultural fixations, with implications for our own nervous and jingoistic age.
The Seduction of Culture in German History , by Wolf Lepenies, offers fresh insights into the causes of the Nazi lunacy. Erudite and richly detailed, it traces the pathology of nationalist and cultural fixations, with implications for our own nervous and jingoistic age.
" The Seduction of Culture in German History , by Wolf Lepenies, offers fresh insights into the causes of the Nazi lunacy. Erudite and richly detailed, it traces the pathology of nationalist and cultural fixations, with implications for our own nervous and jingoistic age."-- Peter Rose, The Australian
The Seduction of Culture in German History , by Wolf Lepenies, offers fresh insights into the causes of the Nazi lunacy. Erudite and richly detailed, it traces the pathology of nationalist and cultural fixations, with implications for our own nervous and jingoistic age. -- Peter Rose, The Australian
The Seduction of Culture in German History, by Wolf Lepenies, offers fresh insights into the causes of the Nazi lunacy. Erudite and richly detailed, it traces the pathology of nationalist and cultural fixations, with implications for our own nervous and jingoistic age. -- Peter Rose, The Australian
Wolf Lepenies, one of Germany's foremost public intellectuals, has written a fascinating and chilling essay on the seemingly unshakable German attitude of valuing culture over politics. . . . [T]he role or cultural trends as powerful agents still needs to be seriously addressed. Lepenies's book does just this.
"Wolf Lepenies, one of Germanys foremost public intellectuals, has written a fascinating and chilling essay on the seemingly unshakable German attitude of valuing culture over politics. . . . [T]he role or cultural trends as powerful agents still needs to be seriously addressed. Lepenies's book does just this."-- Anna B. Manchin, H-Net Review
Wolf Lepenies, one of Germany's foremost public intellectuals, has written a fascinating and chilling essay on the seemingly unshakable German attitude of valuing culture over politics. . . . [T]he role or cultural trends as powerful agents still needs to be seriously addressed. Lepenies's book does just this. -- Anna B. Manchin, H-Net Review
For anyone who has been astonished by the German obsession with high culture--even in economic hard times, Berlin has three opera houses--Wolf Lepenies's deeply intelligent book is indispensable reading. ButThe Seduction of Culture in German Historyis more than the history of a national obsession. It is a searching analysis of the ways in which culture can serve as a sinister substitute for ethical engagement in democratic politics. With his brilliant forays into the cultural history of America and France and his dazzling sweep from Bismarck to the present, Lepenies has written a book whose passionate commitment to participatory democracy is rendered the nobler by his sophisticated irony and urbanity.
The Seduction of Culture in German Historyis a powerful and sustained meditation on the dilemmas of Germany's legendary infatuation with Kultur. These themes have never been brought together so impressively and convincingly. This marvelous tour d'horizon of twentieth-century German intellectual life provocatively suggests that the central interpretive questions about the German past remain unsettled. Lepenies's prose is lively, witty, and engaging. Every paragraph is packed with dazzling insight. The writing is lapidary, the conclusions magisterial.
Wolf Lepenies has written a penetrating account of the role of Germany's self-image as the home of Kultur in that country's intellectual and political history. His range of reference is amazingly wide, and his writing is a delight.The Seduction of Culture in German Historycombines striking anecdotes, historical sweep, and incisive critical analysis.
Wolf Lepenies has written a wonderfully erudite and thought-provoking book on that grand theme of German history since the eighteenth century: the immense value placed upon Kultur and the disparagement of politics. Lepenies accomplishes his task by taking the reader on a wide-ranging tour through the thought and biographies of many of the key figures of German, French, and American intellectual life. The problem he examines is a critical one for understanding Germany and the connections between it and the United States. The book is an intellectual tour de force written in a fluent and highly engaging style.
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Since the heyday of Weimar classicism, Germany has tried to distinguish herself through cultural achievements & aspirations from the merely 'civilized' West. High culture was seen thereby as a compensation for or as an alternative to politics. This text looks at the relationship between German politics & culture.
Main Description
During the Allied bombing of Germany, Hitler was more distressed by the loss of cultural treasures than by the leveling of homes. Remarkably, his propagandists broadcast this fact, convinced that it would reveal not his callousness but his sensitivity: the destruction had failed to crush his artist's spirit. It is impossible to begin to make sense of this thinking without understanding what Wolf Lepenies callsThe Seduction of Culture in German History. This fascinating and unusual book tells the story of an arguably catastrophic German habit--that of valuing cultural achievement above all else and envisioning it as a noble substitute for politics. Lepenies examines how this tendency has affected German history from the late eighteenth century to today. He argues that the German preference for art over politics is essential to understanding the peculiar nature of Nazism, including its aesthetic appeal to many Germans (and others) and the fact that Hitler and many in his circle were failed artists and intellectuals who seem to have practiced their politics as a substitute form of art. In a series of historical, intellectual, literary, and artistic vignettes told in an essayistic style full of compelling aphorisms, this wide-ranging book pays special attention to Goethe and Thomas Mann, and also contains brilliant discussions of such diverse figures as Novalis, Walt Whitman, Leo Strauss, and Allan Bloom.The Seduction of Culture in German Historyis concerned not only with Germany, but with how the German obsession with culture, sense of cultural superiority, and scorn of politics have affected its relations with other countries, France and the United States in particular.
Main Description
During the Allied bombing of Germany, Hitler was more distressed by the loss of cultural treasures than by the leveling of homes. Remarkably, his propagandists broadcast this fact, convinced that it would reveal not his callousness but his sensitivity: the destruction had failed to crush his artist's spirit. It is impossible to begin to make sense of this thinking without understanding what Wolf Lepenies calls The Seduction of Culture in German History . This fascinating and unusual book tells the story of an arguably catastrophic German habit--that of valuing cultural achievement above all else and envisioning it as a noble substitute for politics. Lepenies examines how this tendency has affected German history from the late eighteenth century to today. He argues that the German preference for art over politics is essential to understanding the peculiar nature of Nazism, including its aesthetic appeal to many Germans (and others) and the fact that Hitler and many in his circle were failed artists and intellectuals who seem to have practiced their politics as a substitute form of art. In a series of historical, intellectual, literary, and artistic vignettes told in an essayistic style full of compelling aphorisms, this wide-ranging book pays special attention to Goethe and Thomas Mann, and also contains brilliant discussions of such diverse figures as Novalis, Walt Whitman, Leo Strauss, and Allan Bloom. The Seduction of Culture in German History is concerned not only with Germany, but with how the German obsession with culture, sense of cultural superiority, and scorn of politics have affected its relations with other countries, France and the United States in particular.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Bombs over Dresden and the Rosenkavalier in the Skiesp. 1
Culture: A Noble Substitutep. 9
Lessons in Diminished Particularityp. 9
A Strange Indifference to Politicsp. 11
The German Spirit and the German Reichp. 16
From the Republic into Exilep. 27
Reflections of a Political Thomas Mannp. 27
The Aesthetic Appeal of Fascismp. 36
Art and Moralityp. 45
The Blurring of Exile and Emigrationp. 48
Novalis and Walt Whitman: German Romanticism and American Democracyp. 56
A Country without an Operap. 56
Joseph in Americap. 60
German Democratic Vistasp. 63
Emerson's Sponsors: Beethoven & Bettinap. 70
German Culture Abroad: Victorious in Defeatp. 76
The Closing of the American Mindp. 76
The German Mind in Jeopardyp. 85
A Calm Good-Bye to Europep. 88
French-German Culture Warsp. 93
Two Revolutionsp. 93
Goethe in Exilep. 98
"Culture Wars" and Their Originp. 100
A Puzzle in the History of Sociologyp. 105
A Mediator: Maurice Halbwachsp. 107
An Expulsion from Berlinp. 110
The Murder of Maurice Halbwachsp. 112
Strange Defeatp. 114
Intellectual Resistancep. 116
Limits of the German Revolutionp. 122
German Culture at Home: A Moral Failure Turned to Intellectual Advantagep. 128
The German Catastrophep. 128
The Resurrection of Culturep. 134
Inner Emigration and Its Discontentsp. 138
German and Jewish Diasporap. 145
The Survival of the Typical German: Faust versus Mephistophelesp. 154
Goethe in the Pollsp. 154
Goethe after 1945p. 159
German Reunification: The Failure of the Interpreting Classp. 165
Cultural Guardiansp. 165
Intellectual Disaster in the Eastp. 167
Intellectual Tragicomedyp. 170
Culture as Camouflage: The End of Central Europep. 176
Europe: Dream and Bureaucracyp. 176
A Victory of Culture over Powerp. 178
Irony and Politics: Cultural Patriotism in Europe and the United Statesp. 186
An American Patriot from Europep. 186
Hamlet and Fortinbrasp. 190
European Pygmies and the American Giantp. 195
The Irony of American Historyp. 196
Germany after Reunification: In Search of a Moral Masterpiecep. 200
Culture and Realpolitikp. 200
Solving Political Problems in the Field of Culturep. 203
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 237
Acknowledgmentsp. 249
Indexp. 251
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