Beyond Catastrophe : German Intellectuals and Cultural Renewal After World War II, 1945D1955
Beyond Catastrophe examines the post-World War II leadership efforts of four major German intellectuals: Karl Jaspers, Thomas Mann, Friedrich Meinecke, and Bertolt Brecht. Clark focuses on the symbolic, practical, and theoretical contributions of these men to post-war cultural reconstruction, and pays special attention to their key works of the period.
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 149.9 x 223.5 x 17.8mm | 272.16g
- 30 Apr 2006
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Guardian of the Past: Friedrick Meinecke Chapter 3 A Prophet Without Honor: Karl Jaspers Chapter 4 The Insider as Outsider: Thomas Mann Chapter 5 Hero or Villain? Bertolt Brect in the GDR Chapter 6 Conclusion
This readable, well-researched study is an important contribution to German intellectual and political history. Highly recommended. * CHOICE * Demonstrating admirable prose and analysis, Mark Clark assesses anew the contributions - and limitations - of four pre-eminent intellectuals who sought to bridge the nearly unbridgeable abyss between pre-war Germany and the traumatized societies, east and west, that painfully emerged after 1945. -- James F. Tent, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
About Mark W. Clark
Mark W. Clark is associate professor of history and philosophy at the University of Virginia's College at Wise.