Overestimating Culture: A German Problem

Wolf Lepenies

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 121, 2002 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780197263037
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734007 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Overestimating Culture: A German Problem

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This lecture discusses the close connection among war and culture, education and destruction, politics and poetry, and spirit and violence. It studies one aspect of this connection, which is the traditional overestimation of culture at the expense of politics that has long shaped German history. It is shown to have not fully disappeared in present times.

Keywords: overestimation of culture; German history; war and culture; spirit and violence; education and destruction; politics and poetry

Chapter.  9058 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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