The Politics of the Unpolitical: German Writers and the Problem of Power, 1770-1871 / Edition 1

The Politics of the Unpolitical: German Writers and the Problem of Power, 1770-1871 / Edition 1

by Grodon A. Craig, Gordon A. Craig
     
 

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

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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."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195094992
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1Goethe as Statesman3
2A German Jacobin: Georg Forster22
3Friedrich Schiller and the Police37
4Johannes von Muller: The Historian in Search of a Hero45
5Heinrich von Kleist and the Duel with Napoleon59
6Wilhelm von Humboldt as Diplomat76
7Holderlin and the Barbarians95
8Lenau as Political Writer112
9Heinrich Heine and the Germans125
10Gervinus and German Unity143
Notes157
Index183

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