The Crucible of German Democracy 978-3-16-159828-9 - Mohr Siebeck

Robert E. Norton

The Crucible of German Democracy

Ernst Troeltsch and the First World War

[Der Schmelztiegel der deutschen Demokratie. Ernst Troeltsch und der Erste Weltkrieg.]

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The famous philosopher, historian, theologian and politician Ernst Troeltsch (1865–1923) was one of the most prominent advocates of the democratic idea in Germany during the First World War and in the following years until his death. Robert E. Norton presents for the first time the dramatic history of his activity during these turbulent, decisive years.
Robert E. Norton offers the first comprehensive study in any language devoted to Ernst Troeltsch (1865–1923) and his activities during the First World War. Troeltsch was one of the most famous figures of his day, a renowned historian, philosopher, sociologist, and theologian. But he did not just comment on events, he also actively served in a number of public roles before, during, and after the war. Throughout the last decade of his life, Troeltsch was a central participant in many of the most significant political debates and struggles that took place in his country, and in the process he became one of the most forceful and committed proponents of democracy in Germany.
Tracing the gradual rise and growth of democratic thought during the war, Robert E. Norton shows how democracy itself emerged as the pivotal question within German domestic politics around which everything else came to revolve. In this process, Ernst Troeltsch emerged as one of the most eloquent and persuasive voices advocating for democracy and peace, and always promoting the ideals of freedom and human dignity for all peoples.

Robert E. Norton Born 1960; 1982 BA in German from the University of California, Santa Barbara; 1988 PhD from Princeton University; since 1998 Professor of German, History, and Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.


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