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German Reflections of the Two World Wars
Edited by Reinhold Grimm and Jost Hermand

On the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I in 1914 and the fiftieth anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the contributors to this volume consider the reactions of German writers, artists, and intellectuals to each of these wars. In Germany, the first war evoked a broad base of nationalist feeling that touched even those individuals most remembered today for their stances of opposition during the second war. These nine essays are especially significant for noting the changes or intensifications of earlier positions among the German cultural community.

The volume addresses the effects of the wars on the lives and works of such writers as Gottfried Benn, Bertolt Brecht, Ernst Jünger, and Thomas Mann. It also considers filmmakers, graphic artists, writers from both the bourgeois and socialist women's movements, and the wartime mandarins of Germanistik. It closes with an essay on twentieth-century German and Austrian views on the idea of a unified Europe. The volume is based on a workshop held in Madison in 1989.

Reinhold Grimm is professor of German and comp lit at University of California, Riverside. Jost Hermand is professor of German at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Grimm's book is burgundy with gold text

April 1992
LC: 91-033074 NX
184 p
p.   6 x 9  
21 illus.
ISBN-10: 0-299-97074-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-299-97074-1
Cloth $25.00 s

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