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In a book written during the First World War, Thomas Mann wrote that political activity was alien to the German spirit and that in fact the political element was absent from the German concept of education. The Politics of the Unpolitical demonstrates the essential unreliability of this generalization by focusing on the political activity of ten of Germany's most widely respected writers in the period from the French Revolution to the founding of the Bismarck Reich in 1871.
Gordon A. Craig's book shows how Goethe, Schiller, Heinrich von Kleist, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Holderlin, and Heine were fascinated by the political issues of their day and reacted either by entering public service or threw themselves into efforts to change society for the better. In his study of ten of Germany's most important intellectuals Craig, focuses on their political views and activities and argues that they were not, in fact, representatives of the genre of the unpolitical German.

About the Author:
Gordon A. Craig is J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He is the author of numerous books including The Politics of the Prussian Army, 1640-1945 (1955), and Force and Statecraft


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780195094992
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Height: 219 mm
  • No of Pages: 208
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 418 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0195094999
  • Publisher Date: 11 May 1995
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 23 mm
  • Width: 146 mm


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