Dubious Past

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A Dubious Past examines from a new perspective the legacy of Ernst Jünger (1895-1998), one of the most fascinating figures in twentieth-century German intellectual life. From the time he burst onto the literary scene with The Storms of Steel in the early 1920s until he reached Olympian age in a reunited Germany, Jünger's writings on a vast range of topics generated scores of controversies.
In old age he became a cultural celebrity whose long ...

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Overview

A Dubious Past examines from a new perspective the legacy of Ernst Jünger (1895-1998), one of the most fascinating figures in twentieth-century German intellectual life. From the time he burst onto the literary scene with The Storms of Steel in the early 1920s until he reached Olympian age in a reunited Germany, Jünger's writings on a vast range of topics generated scores of controversies.
In old age he became a cultural celebrity whose long life mirrored the tragic twists and turns of Germany's most difficult century.

Elliot Neaman's study reflects an impressive investigation of published and unpublished material, including letters, interviews, and other media. Through his analysis of Jünger's work and its reception over the years, he addresses central questions of German intellectual life, such as the postwar radical conservative interpretation of the Holocaust, divided memory, German identity, left and right critiques of civilization, and the political allegiances of the German and European political right. A Dubious Past reconceptualizes intellectual fascism as a sophisticated critique of liberal humanism and Marxism, one that should be seen as coherent and—for a surprising number of contemporary intellectuals—all too attractive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520216280
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/23/1999
  • Series: Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 1,159,709
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Elliot Y. Neaman is Associate Professor of History at the University of San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Ernst Junger: A German Life 23
2 The Junger Circle: Magnetic Repulsion and Attraction 69
3 The Marble Cliffs: An Allegory of Power and Death 104
4 The Pen and the Sword: Last Knights of the Majestic 122
5 The View from Above: Logs from a Sinking Ship 139
6 Challenging the Victor's Optic: Junger as Oracle in the Age of Adenauer 161
7 Right Turn: Junger Retrieved in the Age of Kohl 212
Afterword 268
Abbreviations 277
References 279
Index 307
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2000

    amazing German writer

    Jünger was a fascinating character. This book introduced me to an entirely different view of German history. Great read and a wonderful story. Neaman is a master historian.

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