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    DescriptionThis, the riveting story of the Germania, tells of its incarnations and exploitations through the ages. The pope wanted it, Montesquieu used it and the Nazis pilfered an Italian noble's villa to get it: the Germania, by the Roman historian Tacitus, took on a life of its own as both an object and an ideology. When Tacitus wrote a not-very-flattering little book about the ancient Germans in 98 AD, at the height of the Roman Empire, he could not have foreseen that the Nazis would extol it as "a bible" and that Heinrich Himmler would vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. But the Germania inspired - and polarised - readers long before the rise of the Third Reich. In this elegant and captivating history, Christopher B. Krebs traces the wide-ranging influence of the Germania over a five-hundred year span, showing us how an ancient text rose to take its place among the most dangerous books in the world.


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    Title
    A Most Dangerous Book
    Subtitle
    Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher B. Krebs
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780393342925
    ISBN 10: 0393342921
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFCX
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADL
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: LIT007000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GERMNY
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS014000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040, A15203033
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: 2ADL
    DC22: 936.3/02, 936.302
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: PA6706.G4 K736 2011
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 878.01
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DB, NHD, NHC
    Publisher
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    28 September 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Christopher B. Krebs is a classics professor at Harvard University whose academic publications include extensive work on the ancient historians and a recent contribution to The Cambridge Companion to Tacitus.
    Review quote
    "...a fascinating perspective..." THE "...the research is deep and the material impressively controlled and narrated. Krebs writes with panache, a vocabulary which puts many native speakers of English to shame..." Christopher Whitton, Times Literary Supplement "Krebs tells this dramatic detective story...very deftly." London Review of Books "...delicious study..." Ferdinand Mount, TLS Books of the Year 2011 "...a most informative book and a most entertaining one." Minerva