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- DescriptionThe phrase fin de siecle conjures up images of artistic experimentation and political decadence. The contributors to this volume argue that Wilhelmine Germany - best kwn for its industrial and military muscle - also shared these traits. Their essays look back to the years between 1885 and 1914 to find in Germany a mixture of sociopolitical malaise and experimental exhilaration that was similar in many ways to the better-kwn cases of France and Austria. Revising the view that the German Second Reich was merely a precursor to the Third, this broad-scoped study presents pre-World War I Germany in its own fascinating and often contradictory terms. The foundations of the anti-liberal passions that would plague the Weimar Republic are evident, but Wilhelmine society also had a lighter, more playful and moderate spirit, one that was largely extinguished by the Great War. Blending social, cultural, and intellectual history, the contributors - a distinguished cross-section of older and younger scholars - trace changing German views on liberalism, penal reform, race, women, art, popular culture, and techlogy. The result is a variegated picture of an unsettled world, rich in its invations, ambitious in its undertakings, and often apocalyptic in its dreams.
- Author BiographySuzanne Marchand teaches European intellectual history at Louisiana State University and is the author of Down from Olympus: Archaeology and Philhellenism in Germany, 1750-1970. David Lindenfeld is a professor of history at LSU and the author of The Transformation of Positivism: Alexius Meinong and European Thought, 1880-1920 and The Practical Imagination: The German Sciences of State in the Nineteenth Century.
- PublisherLouisiana State University Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2004
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationBaton Rouge
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLouisiana State University Press
- Content Note19 illustrations
- Weight662 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine29 mm
- Edited byDavid Lindenfeld,Suzanne L. Marchand
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