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Prophet of decline : Spengler on world history and politics

Author: John Farrenkopf
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2001.
Series: Political traditions in foreign policy series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Oswald Spengler (1880-1936) is best known for The Decline of the West, in which he propounded his pathbreaking philosophy of world history and penetrating diagnosis of the crisis of modernity." "In Prophet of Decline, John Farrenkopf takes advantage of the perspective the new millennium provides to reassess this visionary thinker and his challenging ideas on history, politics, and modern civilization. Farenkopf's
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Oswald Spengler; Oswald Spengler; Oswald Spengler; Oswald Spengler; Oswald Spengler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Farrenkopf
ISBN: 0807126535 9780807126530 0807127272 9780807127278
OCLC Number: 45661486
Description: xvii, 304 pages : 1 illustration ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Kenneth W. Thompson --
1. Heraclitus, the "Dark One" --
2. The Decline of the West --
3. The Decline of the West: Spengler and the German Tradition of Historicism --
4. The Decline of the West: Diverse Intellectual Sources and Influences --
5. The Decline of the West: A Controversy Without End --
6. The Transformation of Spengler's Political Philosophy --
7. Spengler, the Neo-Rankeans, and the Pan-Germans --
8. Prussianism and Socialism and the Faustian Imperium Mundi --
9. Spengler's Political Phase in the Twenties --
10. Man and Technics: A Reassessment --
11. The Transformation of Spengler's Philosophy of World History --
12. Spengler and the Approaching Second World War --
Conclusion: Spengler and Political Realism.
Series Title: Political traditions in foreign policy series.
Responsibility: John Farrenkopf.

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"Oswald Spengler (1880-1936) is best known for The Decline of the West, in which he propounded his pathbreaking philosophy of world history and penetrating diagnosis of the crisis of modernity." "In Prophet of Decline, John Farrenkopf takes advantage of the perspective the new millennium provides to reassess this visionary thinker and his challenging ideas on history, politics, and modern civilization. Farenkopf's assessment ranges widely, covering Spengler's ideas on democracy, capitalism, science and technology, cities, Western art, social change, and human exploitation of the environment. He also illuminates the implications of Spengler's thought for contemplating from a fresh view-point the future of the United States, the leading power of the West."

"Farrenkopf proves that the conventional picture of Spengler as a consistently antidemocratic thinker is not only simplistic, but erroneous. Drawing upon Spengler's private papers, he advances a bold new interpretation of the evolution of Spengler's political thought, uncovering an early phase, in the years before Germany's traumatic defeat in World War I during which Spengler was a conservative advocate of the quasi-democratization of the Second Reich. He examines Spengler's relationship to German historicism, his place in the German traditions of cultural pessimism and Realpolitik, and his critical stance toward Nazism."--Jacket.

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