Dreams and Delusions: The Drama of German History

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This collection of essays by eminent historian Fritz Stern ponders the monumental promise and catastrophe of twentieth-century German history. It is now reissued with a new introduction by the author.
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This collection of essays by eminent historian Fritz Stern ponders the monumental promise and catastrophe of twentieth-century German history. It is now reissued with a new introduction by the author.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this collection of lectures and articles, Stern assays continuities and contradictions of modern German history, raising anew the question of why so many Germans were seduced by National Socialism. In a piece titled ``The Burden of Success'' he argues that until the advent of Hitler the story of German Jewry was one of triumph``partial, embattled, vilified, but triumph nevertheless.'' In ``Germany and the United States: Visions of a Declining Virtue,'' he discusses what he calls the return of the repressed, the reemergence of ``a whole complex of guilt, shame, and forbidden longing.'' Other essays deal with Albert Einstein's antipathy to Germany, the life of German scientist Fritz Haber, and Ernst Reuter, democratic socialist of the Weimar Republic. In the final section, Stern reviews American scholarship in the field of German history. Stern is the author of Iron and Gold: Bismark, Bleichroder and the Building of the German Empire. (October 16)
Library Journal
An exceptionally rich and incisive collection on the German experience by a preeminent authority on modern Germany. Stern's essays include biographical analyses of Einstein and Fritz Haber, an examination of the Jews in German society, and an eloquent piece on the ``temptation'' of National Socialism. Also included are pieces on German-American relations in the postwar era, etc. Stern was born in Germany some years prior to Hitler's rule, and his essays possess a special yet balanced perspective. His reflections on the development of the German psyche are invaluable and should be read by anyone interested in the tragedy of the Nazis. Recommended for all academic libraries. Joseph W. Constance, Jr., Boston Coll. Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394559957
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/12/1987
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 320

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 3
I The Dream of Peace 23
1 Einstein's Germany 25
2 Fritz Haber: The Scientist in Power and in Exile 51
3 Ernst Reuter: The Making of a Democratic Socialist 77
4 The Burden of Success: Reflections on German Jewry 97
II The Lure of Power 115
5 Germany 1933: Fifty Years Later 119
6 National Socialism as Temptation 147
III Peace and the Release from Greatness 193
7 Germany in a Semi-Gaullist Europe 197
8 Germany and the United States: Visions of Declining Virtue 219
IV Historians and the German Past 241
9 Americans and the German Past: A Century of American Scholarship 243
10 Capitalism and the Cultural Historian 274
11 The Speech to the Bundestag, June 17, 1987 291
Notes 309
Acknowledgments 329
Index 331
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