Time and power : visions of history in German politics, from the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich / Christopher Clark
- Clark, Christopher M.
- Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 
- Copyright Date:
- © 2019
- Physical Description:
- x, 293 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm.
- Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 The History Machine -- ch. 2 The Historian King -- ch. 3 Boatman on the River of Time -- ch. 4 Time of the Nazis.
- Inspired by the insights of Reinhart Koselleck and François Hartog, two pioneers of the "temporal turn" in historiography, Clark shows how Friedrich Wilhelm rejected the notion of continuity with the past, believing instead that a sovereign must liberate the state from the entanglements of tradition to choose freely among different possible futures. He demonstrates how Frederick the Great abandoned this paradigm for a neoclassical vision of history in which sovereign and state transcend time altogether, and how Bismarck believed that the statesman's duty was to preserve the timeless permanence of the state amid the torrent of historical change. Clark describes how Hitler did not seek to revolutionize history like Stalin and Mussolini, but instead sought to evade history altogether, emphasizing timeless racial archetypes and a prophetically foretold future.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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