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By Mary Fulbrook

The 3rd version of A heritage of Germany strains the dramatic social, cultural, and political tensions in Germany on the grounds that 1918.

- bargains a persuasive interpretation of the dynamics of twentieth-century German history

- Treats German historical past from 1918-2008 from the viewpoint of department and reunification, overlaying East and West German historical past in equivalent depth

- Covers the self-destructive Weimar Republic, the extremes of genocide and armed forces aggression within the Nazi period, the department of the country within the chilly battle, and the cave in of communist East Germany and unification in 1990

- new version comprises updates all through, in particular overlaying the Nazi interval and the Holocaust; a brand new bankruptcy on Germany because the Nineties; and a considerably revised and up to date bibliography

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Consequently, he did not acknowledge the claims of theory even to the extent Mendelssohn did. Instead he dealt in a world of details and interests, refusing to see the particular as the accidental instance of a general theory. He was content to achieve limited reforms, because deeds were more important to him than words. " 68 His practical bias, of course, reflected the growing worldly reform efforts we have touched upon, but because of the cultural domination by the universities, his sensibilities were atypical in German letters and more akin to those of the schools of empiricism in England and to the commonsense philosophical attitude of the Scottish and American Enlightenments.

F. Lichtenberg's Sudelbucher, or of J. G. Herder's correspondence never appears in Moser's work. His was a self tied to the human community by categories of place, birth, estate, and occupation. All that was perceived and experienced was, to Moser, objectively given, and in this sense was a mirror of that self-in-the-world. In spite of his burgher pride, his sensibility was actually a hybrid of aristocratic and corporatist elements, articulated in vigorous response to the idea of the subjectivity of human nature that he saw in the epistemology and ethics of the Enlightenment.

There was, consequently, an implicit ideological component to his own self-understanding: he denied selfhood in favor of history and society. Moser's denial of a subjective self linked his personality, the way he perceived himself, and his ties to his environment. If he tells us little about his internal world, we learn much about Westphalian culture and society. He saw this external, public world in particular terms, as a world not living from the present to the future but as one in which the present was the most recent moment in a millennium of human history.

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