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Time and power : visions of history in German politics, from the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich / Christopher Clark

Publication | Library Call Number: JC330 .C557 2019

Inspired by the insights of Reinhart Koselleck and François Hartog, two pioneers of the "temporal turn" in historiography, Clark shows how Friedrich Wilhelm rejected the notion of continuity with the past, believing instead that a sovereign must liberate the state from the entanglements of tradition to choose freely among different possible futures. He demonstrates how Frederick the Great abandoned this paradigm for a neoclassical vision of history in which sovereign and state transcend time altogether, and how Bismarck believed that the statesman's duty was to preserve the timeless permanence of the state amid the torrent of historical change. Clark describes how Hitler did not seek to revolutionize history like Stalin and Mussolini, but instead sought to evade history altogether, emphasizing timeless racial archetypes and a prophetically foretold future.

Book cover
Series
Lawrence Stone lectures
Lawrence Stone lectures.
Format
Book
Author/Creator
Clark, Christopher M., author.
Published
Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2019]
© 2019
Includes bibliographical references and index
Locale
Germany
Language
English
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