The Weimar Moment’s evocative assault on closure and political reaction, its offering of democracy against the politics of narrow self-interest cloaked in nationalist appeals to Volk and “community” – or, as would be the case in Nazi Germany, “race” – cannot but appeal to us today. This appeal –its historical grounding and content, its complexities and tensions, its variegated expressions across the networks of power and thought – is the essential context of the present volume, whose basic premise is unhappiness with Hegel’s remark that we learn no more from history than we cannot learn from it. The challenge of the papers in this volume is to provide the material to confront the present effectively drawing from what we can and do understand.
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About the Author
Rudy Koshar is the George L. Mosse WARF Professor of History, German & Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and professor of religion at Columbia University. He is the author of 14 books including Imperial Designs: Neoconservatism adn the New Paz Americana. He frequently lectures to universities, conferences, civic groups, and religious communities