Peter M. R. Stirk

in Twentieth-Century German Political Thought

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622900
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652730 | DOI:

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Twentieth-century German political thought was marked by the persistence, or the recurrence, of certain concepts and by the polemical dispute about what those concepts meant. This political thought took on even more vicious form in the attempt to eradicate the names of Jewish authors from the literature and discourse of the Third Reich. One of the greatest difficulties presented by German political thought in the twentieth century, apart from the obvious one of its sheer range and complexity, is the combination of tradition and modernity, continuity and discontinuity. Intellectual continuity was ensured by the enduring presence of prominent figures at the beginning of the twentieth century, such as Max Weber and Georg Jellinek, as well as by the fact that the biographies of many theorists stretched across the political fractures in German political history.

Keywords: Germany; national identity; polemic; political thought; Third Reich; Jewish authors; Max Weber; Georg Jellinek

Chapter.  1967 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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