Reactionary Modernism

Reactionary Modernism

The book shows how German nationalism and later National Socialism created what Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister, called the 'steel-like romanticism of the twentieth century'.

Author: Herf

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521338336

Category: History

Page: 251

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In a unique application of critical theory to the study of the role of ideology in politics, Jeffrey Herf explores the paradox inherent in the German fascists' rejection of the rationalism of the Enlightenment while fully embracing modern technology. He documents evidence of a cultural tradition he calls 'reactionary modernism' found in the writings of German engineers and of the major intellectuals of the. Weimar right: Ernst Juenger, Oswald Spengler, Werner Sombart, Hans Freyer, Carl Schmitt, and Martin Heidegger. The book shows how German nationalism and later National Socialism created what Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister, called the 'steel-like romanticism of the twentieth century'. By associating technology with the Germans, rather than the Jews, with beautiful form rather than the formlessness of the market, and with a strong state rather than a predominance of economic values and institutions, these right-wing intellectuals reconciled Germany's strength with its romantic soul and national identity.
Categories: History

Reactionary Modernism

Reactionary Modernism

Author: Jeffrey Herf

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:12349052

Category: Enlightenment

Page: 918

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Categories: Enlightenment

Modernist Writing and Reactionary Politics

Modernist Writing and Reactionary Politics

Ferrall offers insights into the relation between modernist aesthetics, technology and politics.

Author: Charles Ferrall

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521793459

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

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Ferrall offers insights into the relation between modernist aesthetics, technology and politics.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Radical Philosophy

Radical Philosophy

... Heidegger's Being and Time , in the rigour of its reactionary modernism . The modernity of Badiou's mathematics does not mitigate , but rather ...

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ISBN: UCLA:L0099747503

Category: Philosophy

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Categories: Philosophy

Heidegger Philosophy Nazism

Heidegger  Philosophy  Nazism

In 1984 Jeffrey Herf coined the phrase “ reactionary modernism ' . 16 Adopting the controversial view that it is legitimate to speak of an ' essence ' of ...

Author: Julian Young

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521644941

Category: Philosophy

Page: 252

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This book argues that despite Heidegger's involvement with Nazism his philosophy is not compromised.
Categories: Philosophy

Translocal Modernisms

Translocal Modernisms

This collection of essays provides an important page in this complex and inconclusive story of fluidities and hybridities by rendering problematical the linear sequence from modernism to postmodernism.

Author: Maria Irene Ramalho Sousa Santos

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3039116908

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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The full story of modernism is yet to be written. This collection of essays provides an important page in this complex and inconclusive story of fluidities and hybridities by rendering problematical the linear sequence from modernism to postmodernism. This book explores the many facets of modernism in a variety of essays written by an international group of scholars. It deals with and puts in question the western literary tradition in many of its transcontinental and trans-hemispheric encounters. Criticism of 'high modernism' is put in perspective by discussions of German 'reactionary modernism', American 'social modernism' and 'minor arts', mid-twentieth-century 'Baudelairean modernity' and unprecedented expansions of the concepts of modernity and modernism themselves. Engaging in dialogue with the newest geographical, transnational, and global enlargements of the concept of modernism in time and space (from the 'Middle Passage' to emergent cultures of the twenty-first century, from Europe to America, Africa and Asia), the volume covers a wide range of translocal and transtemporal literary, artistic, cultural, and social fields and perspectives.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Authoritarian Modernism in East Asia

Authoritarian Modernism in East Asia

Following Barrington Moore Jr., this book raises doubts about modernization theory’s claim that an advanced economy with extensive social differentiation is incompatible with authoritarian rule.

Author: Mark R. Thompson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137511676

Category: Political Science

Page: 130

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Following Barrington Moore Jr., this book raises doubts about modernization theory’s claim that an advanced economy with extensive social differentiation is incompatible with authoritarian rule. Authoritarian modernism in East Asia (Northeast and Southeast Asia) has been characterized by economically reformist but politically conservative leaders who have attempted to learn the “secrets” of authoritarian rule in modern society. They demobilize civil society while endeavoring to establish an “ethical” form of rule and claim reactionary culturalist legitimation. With China, East Asia is home to the most important country in the world today that is rapidly modernizing while attempting to remain authoritarian.
Categories: Political Science

Fascism Aviation and Mythical Modernity

Fascism  Aviation and Mythical Modernity

45 The mythical modernity at issue in this study refers back to, while also rejecting, Herf's “reactionary modernism.” Modernism may be understood, ...

Author: Fernando Esposito

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137362995

Category: Political Science

Page: 419

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Flying and the pilot were significant metaphors of fascism's mythical modernity. Fernando Esposito traces the changing meanings of these highly charged symbols from the air show in Brescia, to the sky above the trenches of the First World War to the violent ideological clashes of the interwar period.
Categories: Political Science

Intellectual Discourse and the Politics of Modernization

Intellectual Discourse and the Politics of Modernization

Quoted in Herf , Reactionary Modernism , p . 67 . 33. Ibid . , p . 75 . 34. From Ernst Junger , Fire and Blood ( 1929 ) . Quoted in Herf , Reactionary ...

Author: Ali Mirsepassi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521659973

Category: Social Science

Page: 227

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Examines modernity in the context of Islamic Fundamentalism and the Iranian Revolution.
Categories: Social Science

World s Fairs on the Eve of War

World s Fairs on the Eve of War

This coauthored work considers representations of science and technology at world’s fairs as influential cultural forces and at a critical moment in history, when tensions and ideological divisions between political regimes would soon ...

Author: Robert H. Kargon

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 9780822981145

Category: Science

Page: 232

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Since the first world’s fair in London in 1851, at the dawn of the era of industrialization, international expositions served as ideal platforms for rival nations to showcase their advancements in design, architecture, science and technology, industry, and politics. Before the outbreak of World War II, countries competing for leadership on the world stage waged a different kind of war—with cultural achievements and propaganda—appealing to their own national strengths and versions of modernity in the struggle for power. World’s Fairs on the Eve of War examines five fairs and expositions from across the globe—including three that were staged (Paris, 1937; Dusseldorf, 1937; and New York, 1939–40), and two that were in development before the war began but never executed (Tokyo, 1940; and Rome, 1942). This coauthored work considers representations of science and technology at world’s fairs as influential cultural forces and at a critical moment in history, when tensions and ideological divisions between political regimes would soon lead to war.
Categories: Science

High Modernism

High Modernism

The tendency of some modernists to adopt a reactionary ideology can be explained in some measure as a response to the processes of modernity.

Author: Joshua Kavaloski

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781571139108

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 235

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Explores the performative role of canonical literary works from the 1920s, providing a more nuanced understanding of high modernism and resituating it within literary history.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Telos

Telos

... of modernity : it is a version of “ reactionary modernism ” 12 and has nothing to do with “ the philosophical discourse of modernity .

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Publisher:

ISBN: NWU:35556041084104

Category: Dialectical materialism

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Categories: Dialectical materialism

German Philosophy Since Kant

German Philosophy Since Kant

DAVID E. COOPER I 'Reactionary modernism' is a term happily coined by the historian and sociologist Jeffrey Herf to refer to a current of German thought ...

Author: Professor of Philosophy Anthony O'Hear

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521667828

Category: History

Page: 445

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Twenty essays from the Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture series on modern major German thinkers.
Categories: History

Green Modernism

Green Modernism

Jeffrey Herf's “reactionary modernism” describes the Nazi ideology as a mixture of enthusiasm for modernity's technology alongside antagonism for the goals ...

Author: Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137526045

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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One of the first studies to explore the relationship between environmental criticism and British modernism, Green Modernism explores the cultural function of nature in the modernist novel between 1900 and 1930. This theoretically engaged, historically informed book brings new materialist insights to novels by Conrad, Ford, Lawrence, and Butts.
Categories: Literary Criticism