BOOKS RECEIVED: Arthur Alfaix Assis, “What Is History For?: Johann Gustav Droysen and the Functions of Historiography” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Buy from University Press Books A scholar of Hellenistic and Prussian history, Droysen developed a historical theory that at the time was unprecedented in range and depth, and which remains to the present day a valuable key for understanding history… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: G.L. Ercolini, “Kant’s Philosophy of Communication” (Duquesne UP, 2016)
One might assume that another study of Immanuel Kant, one of the most prominent philosophers in the history of Western thought, is either presumptuous or unnecessary. But in this highly original work, G. L. Ercolini engages in a new and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Egbert Klautke, “The Mind of the Nation: Volkerpsychologie in Germany, 1851-1955” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Volkerpsychologie played an important role in establishing the social sciences via the works of such scholars as Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim, Ernest Renan, Franz Boas, and Werner Sombart. In Germany, the intellectual history of “folk psychology” was represented by Moritz… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Timothy S. Brown, “Weimar Radicals: Nazis and Communists between Authenticity and Performance” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Exploring the gray zone of infiltration and subversion in which the Nazi and Communist parties sought to influence and undermine each other, this book offers a fresh perspective on the relationship between two defining ideologies of the twentieth century. The… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Mischa Honeck, Martin Klimke and Anne Kuhlmann, eds., “Germany and the Black Diaspora: Points of Contact, 1250-1914” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
The rich history of encounters prior to World War I between people from German-speaking parts of Europe and people of African descent has gone largely unnoticed in the historical literature-not least because Germany became a nation and engaged in colonization… Read More
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