Originally published in 1954, this book presents the view of nine liberal German historians in reconsideration of the dominant concepts of German political and cultural history in the immediate post-war years. They review critically not only the rise and rule of National Socialism, but also the strength of authoritarianism and militarism, the weakness of democracy and liberal attitudes in 19th Century Germany. The essays were published in German periodicals and pamphlets between 1945 and 1952 and collected in this volume (and translated into English) they represent a survey of one of the most important intellectual movements of reconsideration and of political and moral readjustment after World War II.
Table of Contents
1. Rethinking Recent German History Hans Kohn 2. The Via Dolorosa of The Civilian Spirit in Germany Karl Buchheim 3. The Bismarck Problem Franz Schnabel 4. Bismarck and Ourselves, Historians and History Alfred von Martin 5. Militarism in Modern History Hans Herzfeld 6. Germany and the Epoch of World Wars Ludwig Dehio 7. Ranke and Burckhardt Friedrich Meinecke 8. The Glorification of the State in German Historical Writing Johann Albrecht von Rantzau 9. Modification of the German-Polish Relationship Ellinor von Puttkamer 10. Toward a Revision of the German Concept of History Walther Hofer 11. Misfortune and Moral Decisions in German History Hajo Holborn