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

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Simon and Schuster, 2010年9月16日 - 992 頁
From the end of the Baroque age and the death of Bach in 1750 to the rise of Hitler in 1933, Germany was transformed from a poor relation among western nations into a dominant intellectual and cultural force more influential than France, Britain, Italy, Holland, and the United States. In the early decades of the 20th century, German artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, and engineers were leading their freshly-unified country to new and undreamed of heights, and by 1933, they had won more Nobel prizes than anyone else and more than the British and Americans combined. But this genius was cut down in its prime with the rise and subsequent fall of Adolf Hitler and his fascist Third Reich-a legacy of evil that has overshadowed the nation's contributions ever since.

Yet how did the Germans achieve their pre-eminence beginning in the mid-18th century? In this fascinating cultural history, Peter Watson goes back through time to explore the origins of the German genius, how it flourished and shaped our lives, and, most importantly, to reveal how it continues to shape our world. As he convincingly demonstarates, while we may hold other European cultures in higher esteem, it was German thinking-from Bach to Nietzsche to Freud-that actually shaped modern America and Britain in ways that resonate today.
 

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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

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At first sight, the title The German Genius could mean everything and nothing. What should one expect here? A biography of an important German thinker or scientist? A look at the subtitle Europe's ... 閱讀評論全文

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Blinded by the Light Hitler the Holocaust and the Past That Will Not Pass
PART
Bildung and the Inborn Drive toward Perfection
PART
PART THREE
The Invention of Research and the Prussian Protestant Concept of Learning
The Evolution of Alienation
A Unique Event in the History of Ideas
The Discovery of Radio Relativity and the Quantum
Sensibility and Sensuality in Vienna
Germanys Montmartre
Berlin Busybody
The Great War between Heroes and Traders
The Culture of the Defeated
Unprecedented Mental Alertness
The Golden Age of TwentiethCentury Physics Philosophy

The Heroic Age of Biology
Out from The Wretchedness of German Backwardness
German Fever in France Britain and the United States
Wagners Other RingFeuerbach Schopenhauer Nietzsche
Helmholtz Clausius Boltzmann Riemann
Siemens Hofmann Bayer Zeiss
Krupp Benz Diesel Rathenau
Virchow Koch Mendel Freud
THE MISERIES AND MIRACLES OF MODERNITY
The Abuses of History
The Pathologies of Nationalism
The First Coherent School of Sociology
the trap of stereotyping Germansas sticklers for exactitude as pedantic
Dissonance and the MostDiscussed Man in Music
A Problem in Need of a Solution
HITLER AND
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
CONTINUITY
His Majestys Most Loyal Enemy Aliens
From Heidegger to Habermas to Ratzinger
A Germany Not Seen Before
German Genius The Dazzle Deification and Dangers of Inwardness
Thirtyfive Underrated Germans
Index
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Peter Watson is an intellectual historian, journalist, and the author of thirteen books, including Convergence; Ideas: A History; The Age of Atheists; The German Genius; The Medici Conspiracy; and The Great Divide. He has written for The Sunday Times, The New York Times, the Observer, and the Spectator. He lives in London.

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