War and the Intellectuals : Collected Essays, 1915-1919 / Edition 1

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Overview

Although he died at the age of thirty-two, Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) left a body of writing on politics, culture, and literature that made him one of the most influential public intellectuals of the twentieth century, and a hero of the American left. The twenty-eight essays of this volume--among them, War and the Intellectuals, the analysis of the warfare state that made Bourne the foremost critic of American entry into World War 1, and Trans-National America, his manifesto for cultural pluralism in America--show Bourne at his most passionate and incisive as they trace his search for the true wellsprings of nationalism and American culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872205000
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 197
  • Sales rank: 1,022,360

Meet the Author

Carl Resek is Professor Emeritus of History, State University of New York at Purchase.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
The War
1. The War and the Intellectuals 3
2. Below the Battle 15
3. The Collapse of American Strategy 22
4. A War Diary 36
5. American Use for German Ideals 48
6. Twilight of Idols 53
7. The State 65
Trans-National America
8. Trans-National America 107
9. The Jew and Trans-National America 124
10. What is Exploitation? 134
11. The Price of Radicalism 139
12. A Moral Equivalent for Universal Military Service 142
13. Education as Living 148
14. The Idea of a University 152
15. The Puritan's Will to Power 156
16. H. L. Mencken 162
17. Paul Elmer More 165
18. The Heart of the People 171
19. Sociologic Fiction 175
20. Traps for the Unwary 179
21. The History of a Literary Radical 184
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