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The German Genius is a virtuoso cultural history of German ideas and influence, from 1750 to the present day, by acclaimed historian Peter Watson (Making of the Modern Mind, Ideas). From Bach, Goethe, and Schopenhauer to Nietzsche, Freud, and Einstein, from the arts and humanities to science and philosophy, The German Genius is a lively and accessible review of over 250 years of German intellectual history. In the process, it explains the devastating effects of World War II, which transformed a vibrant and brilliantly artistic culture into a vehicle of warfare and destruction, and it shows how the German culture advanced in the war's aftermath.
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'[An] engrossing, vast chronicle . . . Watson writes an absorbing account of a time not so long ago when German ruled'
--Publishers' Weekly (starred review)
'A usefully concise introduction to the principal themes and personalities of German scientific, philosophical, social, literary and artistic culture since 1750' --The Times
`This intelligent book presents a breath-taking panorama. Let up hope that it succeeds in its aim'
--Christopher Clark, Sunday Times
'Outstanding . . . Assembles such a wealth of information, based on an impressive range of sources, that it will be an essential work of reference for years to come' --Independent
'A compelling, epic tale' --FT 11/12
'A lengthy survey of German intellectual achievements that highlights a cultural rebirth'
--BBC History Magazine, Dec issue
`A practiced synthesiser on a grand scale (he is, after all, the author of Ideas: A History from Fire to Freud), Watson succeeds brilliantly in reminding us that Germany amounts to a great deal more than those 12 years of Nazi rule. This is the nation that gave us Kant, Haydn, Goethe, Mozart, Schiller, Beethoven, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Wagner, Marx and Nietzsche to name a few, although eventually Germany's pride in its great culture became pride in "superior culture"' --The Guardian
From the end of the Baroque era and the death of Bach to the rise of Hitler, Germany was transformed from a poor relation among Western nations into a dominant intellectual and cultural force. By 1933, Germans had won more Nobel Prizes than the British and Americans combined. Yet this remarkable genius was cut down in its prime by Adolf Hitler and his disastrous Third Reich--a brutal legacy that has overshadowed the nation's achievements ever since.
In this absorbing cultural and intellectual history, Peter Watson goes back through time to explore the origins of the German genius, explaining how and why it flourished, how it shaped our lives, and, most important, how it continues to influence our world. Watson's virtuoso sweep through modern German thought and culture will challenge and confound both the stereotypes the world has of Germany and those that Germany has of itself.
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