Weimar Modernism

Weimar Modernism : Philosophy, Politics, and Culture in Germany 1918-1933

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In this work David Durst explores the development of modernism in the philosophy, politics, and culture of the first German Republic between and . Through a reasoned critique of various Weimar intellectual figures such as Ernst Bloch, Martin Heidegger, and Theodor Adorno, Durst offers clarity and insight into the various aesthetic postures of the interwar period. From the cultural vibrancy of the early Weimar period to the eventual decay towards fascism and Nazi rule,Weimar Modernism provides a new and coherent way to examine this important era, which has often been presented in a fragmented manner.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 187 x 235 x 19mm | 463g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739107771
  • 9780739107775

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David Durst's Weimar Modernism is a major accomplishment, providing an anatomy of Weimar culture, an intellectual history of Critical Theory, and a penetrating analysis of cultural modernity, broadly understood. Durst shows why Weimar remains the litmus test of modernism and how the response of thinkers such as Bloch, Lukacs, Adorno, and Benjamin are indispensable to cultural analyses of the twentieth century. Durst succeeds as well in demonstrating the significance of conservative authors such as Junger and Schmitt for a full understanding of modernism. A rich and erudite study, Weimar Modernism sets a new benchmark in our understanding of Weimar culture and modern culture in general.--Russell Berman, Stanford Universityshow more

About David C. Durst

David Durst is Associate Professor of Philosophy at American University in Bulgaria.show more