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By Fred Bridgham

This quantity of essays examines the perceived rift among the British and German highbrow and cultural traditions earlier than 1914 and the way the ensuing disagreement either displays and helped confirm old, political, and, eventually, army occasions. This vexed symbiosis is traced first via a survey of well known fiction, from alarmist British and German "invasion novels" to the visions of Erskine Childers and Saki or even P.G. Wodehouse; contrastingly, the "mixed-marriage novels" of von Arnim, Spottiswoode, and Wylie are thought of. extra themes contain D. H. Lawrence's ambivalent courting with Germany, Carl Sternheim's coded anti-militarism, H. G. Wells's and Kurd Lasswitz's visions in their nations below Martian invasion, Nietzsche because the embodiment of Prussian warmongering, and the increase in Germany of anglophobic, anti-Spencerian evolutionism. Case histories of the positions of German and English lecturers in regard to the clash around out the quantity. participants: IAIN BOYD WHITE, HELENA RAGG-KIRKBY, RHYS WILLIAMS, INGO CORNILS, NICHOLAS MARTIN, GREGORY MOORE, STEFAN MANZ, ANDREAS HUTHER, HOLGER KLEIN Fred Bridgham is Senior Lecturer within the division of German on the college of Leeds.

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The First World War as a Clash of Cultures (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture)

This quantity of essays examines the perceived rift among the British and German highbrow and cultural traditions prior to 1914 and the way the ensuing disagreement either displays and helped make sure old, political, and, eventually, army occasions. This vexed symbiosis is traced first via a survey of renowned fiction, from alarmist British and German "invasion novels" to the visions of Erskine Childers and Saki or even P.

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132 Moore, Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor, 27, 34, 30. Cf. , 7). 133 Moore, Nietzsche, Biology, and Metaphor, 34. 134 Moore, Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor, 63, 46, 55. , 38), he does not appear to have made any connection between Rolph’s “unersättliche Aneignung” (insatiable appropriation) and Bismarck’s famous claim that newly unified Germany was a “satiated” nation. Similarly, “according to his biologism, moral and physiological 38 ♦ FRED BRIDGHAM ‘breeding’ amount essentially to the same thing.

2 (Frankfurt: Insel, 1963), 86–92. 16 17 18 Mommsen, Bürgerliche Kultur, 207. Strachan, First World War 1:1122. An die Kulturwelt is discussed below. Ferguson, Pity of War, xxv. 19 “The figure depicted in this chapter [‘Incomplete Nation-State: Wotan and Fafner’] is in many ways less the ‘real’ Nietzsche than Nietzsche as interpreted, and misinterpreted, by Germans at the turn of the century” (Harold James, A German Identity, 1770–1990 [London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989], 92). 20 James, A German Identity, 100.

G. Wells set the pattern with an article in the Daily Chronicle: Every sword that is drawn against Germany is a sword drawn for peace. That trampling, drilling foolery in the heart of Europe that has arrested civilization and darkened the hopes of mankind for forty years, German Imperialism, German militarism, has struck its inevitable blow. The victory of Germany will mean the permanent enthronement of the War God over all human affairs. The defeat of Germany may open the way to disarmament and peace throughout the earth.

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