The seduction of culture in German history /

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&...

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Main Author: Lepenies, Wolf. (Author)
Format: Book Electronic
Published:Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction Bombs over Dresden and the Rosenkavalier in the Skies
  • Chapter 1. Culture: A Noble Substitute
  • Lessons in Diminished Particularity
  • A Strange Indifference to Politics
  • The German Spirit and the German Reich
  • Chapter 2. From the Republic into Exile
  • Reflections of a Political Thomas Mann
  • The Aesthetic Appeal of Fascism
  • Art and Morality
  • The Blurring of Exile and Emigration
  • Chapter 3. Novalis and Walt Whitman: German Romanticism and American Democracy
  • A Country without an Opera
  • Joseph in America
  • German Democratic Vistas
  • Emerson's Sponsors: Beethoven & Bettina
  • Chapter 4. German Culture Abroad: Victorious in Defeat
  • The Closing of the American Mind
  • The German Mind in Jeopardy
  • A Calm Good-Bye to Europe
  • Chapter 5. French-German Culture Wars
  • Two Revolutions
  • Goethe in Exile
  • "Culture Wars" and Their Origin
  • A Puzzle in the History of Sociology
  • A Mediator: Maurice Halbwachs
  • An Expulsion from Berlin
  • The Murder of Maurice Halbwachs
  • Strange Defeat
  • Intellectual Resistance
  • Limits of the German Revolution
  • Chapter 6. German Culture at Home: A Moral Failure Turned to Intellectual Advantage
  • The German Catastrophe
  • The Resurrection of Culture
  • Inner Emigration and Its Discontents
  • German and Jewish Diaspora
  • Chapter 7. The Survival of the Typical German: Faust versus Mephistopheles
  • Goethe in the Polls
  • Goethe after 1945
  • Chapter 8. German Reunification: The Failure of the Interpreting Class
  • Cultural Guardians
  • Intellectual Disaster in the East
  • Intellectual Tragicomedy
  • Chapter 9. Culture as Camouflage: The End of Central Europe
  • Europe: Dream and Bureaucracy
  • A Victory of Culture over Power
  • Chapter 10. Irony and Politics: Cultural Patriotism in Europe and the United States
  • An American Patriot from Europe
  • Hamlet and Fortinbras
  • European Pygmies and the American Giant
  • The Irony of American History
  • Chapter 11. Germany after Reunification: In Search of a Moral Masterpiece
  • Culture and Realpolitik
  • Solving Political Problems in the Field of Culture
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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