The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution, and the Twentieth Century

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Harper Collins, 2011年7月26日 - 992 頁

From the end of the Baroque era and the death of Bach to the rise of Hitler, Germany was transformed from a poor relation among Western nations into a dominant intellectual and cultural force. By 1933, Germans had won more Nobel Prizes than the British and Americans combined. Yet this remarkable genius was cut down in its prime by Adolf Hitler and his disastrous Third Reich—a brutal legacy that has overshadowed the nation’s achievements ever since.

In this absorbing cultural and intellectual history, Peter Watson goes back through time to explore the origins of the German genius, explaining how and why it flourished, how it shaped our lives, and, most important, how it continues to influence our world. Watson’s virtuoso sweep through modern German thought and culture will challenge and confound both the stereotypes the world has of Germany and those that Germany has of itself.

 

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用戶評語  - pheditor - LibraryThing

Firehose delivery of German Thought . Comprehensive, but just a handful of sentences for each of the hundreds of personalities, discoveries and philosophies. Breathless and unpleasant journey. Nothing at all like his "Age of Nothing" 閱讀評論全文

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用戶評語  - kerns222 - LibraryThing

I would change the name to "The German Smart Guys." Men from the past 250 years getting anywhere from a paragraph to five pages each in the 900 plus pages that Watson has handed us. Literature ... 閱讀評論全文

內容

Dissonance and the MostDiscussed Man in Music
459
The Discovery of Radio Relativity and the Quantum
475
Sensibility and Sensuality in Vienna
489
Germanys Montmartre
503
Berlin Busybody
519
The Great War between Heroes and Traders
531
The Culture of the Defeated
547
Unprecedented Mental Alertness
567

Song
189
The Brandenburg Gate the Iron Cross and the German
207
The Rise of the Educated
223
The Evolution of Alienation
239
A Unique Event in the History
261
The Heroic Age of Biology
271
Out from The Wretchedness of German Backwardness
289
German Fever in France Britain and the United States
311
Wagners Other RingFeuerbach Schopenhauer
327
Helmholtz Clausius
341
Siemens Hofmann Bayer Zeiss
355
Krupp Benz Diesel Rathenau
369
Virchow Koch Mendel Freud
383
The Miseries
399
The Abuses of History
401
The Pathologies of Nationalism
417
The First Coherent School of Sociology
439
The Golden Age of TwentiethCentury Physics Philosophy and History
595
A Problem in Need of a Solution
611
The Brown Shift
629
No Such Thing as Objectivity
649
The Twilight of the Theologians
673
The Fruits Failures and Infamy of German Wartime Science
689
Exile and the Road into the Open
699
Continuity
711
His Majestys Most Loyal Enemy Aliens
743
From Heidegger to Habermas to Ratzinger
757
A Germany Not Seen Before
789
German Genius The Dazzle Deification
817
Thirtyfive Underrated Germans
851
Notes and References
857
Index
927
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Peter Watson has been a senior editor at the London Sunday Times, a New York correspondent of the London Times, a columnist for the London Observer, and a contributor to the New York Times. He has published three exposÉs on the world of art and antiquities, and is the author of several books of cultural and intellectual history. From 1997 to 2007 he was a research associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. He lives in London.

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