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Author Watson, Peter, 1943-

Title The German genius : Europe's third renaissance, the second scientific revolution, and the twentieth century / Peter Watson

Publ Info New York : Harper, 2010
Edition First edition
 J&W-Charlotte  DD61 .W39 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  DD61 .W39 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xix, 964 pages ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [857]-964) and index
Contents The great turn in German life. Germanness emerging ; Bildung and the inborn drive toward perfection -- A third Renaissance, between doubt and Darwin. Winckelmann, Wolf, and Lessing : the third Greek Revival and the origins of modern scholarship ; The supreme products of the age of paper ; New light on the structure of the mind ; The high Renaissance in music : the symphony as philosophy ; Cosmos, cuneiform, Clausewitz ; The mother tongue, the inner voice, and the romantic song ; The Brandenburg Gate, the Iron Cross, and the German Raphaels -- The rise of the educated middle class : the engines and engineers of modern prosperity. Humboldt's gift : the invention of research and the Prussian (Protestant) concept of learning ; The evolution of alienation ; German historicism : "a unique event in the history of ideas" ; The heroic age of biology ; Out from "the wretchedness of German backwardness" ; "German fever" in France, Britain, and the United States ; Wagner's other ring : Feuerbach, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche ; Physics becomes king : Helmholtz, Clausius , Boltzmann, Riemann ; The rise of the laboratory : Siemens, Hofmann, Bayer, Zeiss ; Masters of metal : Krupp, Benz, Diesel, Rathenau ; The dynamics of disease : Virchow, Koch, Mendel, Freud -- The miseries and miracles of modernity. The abuses of history ; The pathologies of nationalism ; Money, the masses, the metropolis : The "first coherent school of sociology" ; Dissonance and the most-discussed man in music ; The discovery of radio, relativity, and the quantum ; Sensibility and sensuality in Vienna ; Munich/Schwabing : German's "Montmartre" ; Berlin busybody ; The great war between heroes and traders ; Prayers for a fatherless child : the culture of the defeated ; Weimar : "unprecedented mental alertness" ; Weimar : the golden age of twentieth-century physics, philosophy, and history ; Weimar : "a problem in need of a solution" -- Songs of the Reich : Hitler and the "spiritualization of the struggle". Nazi aesthetics : the "brown shift" ; Scholarship in the Third Reich : "no such thing as objectivity" ; The twilight of the theologians ; The fruits, failures, and infamy of German wartime science ; Exile, and the road into the open -- Beyond Hitler : continuity of the German tradition under adverse conditions. The "Fourth Reich" : the effect of German thought on America ; "His majesty's most loyal enemy aliens" ; "Divided heaven" : from Heidegger to Habermas to Ratzinger ; Café Deutschland : "a Germany not seen before" -- German genius : the dazzle, deification, and dangers of inwardness -- Appendix. Thirty-five underrated Germans
Note "A virtuosic cultural history of German ideas and influence, from 1750 to the present day"-- Provided by publisher
LC subject Germany -- Intellectual life
Germany -- Civilization
ISBN 9780060760229 (hardback)
0060760222 (hardback)
ISBN/ISSN 40018073070