Embracing Democracy: Hermann Broch, Politics and Exile, 1918 to 1951

Embracing Democracy: Hermann Broch, Politics and Exile, 1918 to 1951

by Donald L. Wallace

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ISBN-13: 9783034307703
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x (d)

About the Author

Donald L. Wallace is Assistant Professor of History at the United States Naval Academy. He is an intellectual historian of Central Europe with a special interest in European intellectual immigration to the United States in the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: Broch's theory of value construction, his philosophy of history, and his theory of «Total Democracy» – Metropolis of Kitsch: The Ethical Source of Broch's Politics: Broch's intellectual milieu in fin-de-siècle Vienna, including his relationship to positivism, neo-Kantianism, philosophical irrationality, assimilation and critical modernism, ego psychology, and liberalism – Politics of Disengagement, 1914 to 1936: Broch's political activities and attitude in the Austrian First Republic based on his personal writings and published essays – The Sleepwalkers and Modernity: Broch's political engagement expressed through his first novel, The Sleepwalkers – Politics of Engagement: Broch's biography in American exile and his unpublished work on mass delusion – America and Democracy: Broch's theory of total democracy and his critique of American democracy – Conclusion: The contribution of Broch's life and work to the debate over humanism and liberalism.

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