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The conquest of ruins : the Third Reich and the fall of Rome

Author: Julia Hell
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Roman Empire has been a source of inspiration and a model for imitation for Western empires practically since the moment Rome fell. Yet, as Julia Hell shows in The Conquest of Ruins, what has had the strongest grip on aspiring imperial imaginations isn’t that empire’s glory but its fall—and the haunting monuments left in its wake. Hell examines centuries of European empire-building—from Charles V in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Hell
ISBN: 9780226588193 022658819X 9780226588056 022658805X
OCLC Number: 1028887779
Description: xiv, 618 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. Neo-Roman mimesis and the law of ruin --
After Carthage: the Roman empire and its ruins --
Neo-Roman mimesis: Charles V at Tunis, 1535 --
Neo-Roman mimesis in the modern age: Cook's second voyage to the South Pacific and the French conquest of Egypt and Algeria --
From Germany's anti-Napoleonic barbarians to the ruin gazer scenarios of the conservative revolution --
With the end in mind: the Nazi empire's Neo-Roman mimesis and the ruined stage of Rome --
Romans or Greeks?: Carl Schmitt and Martin Heidegger --
Epilogue: Anselm Kiefer's Zersetzungen/disarticulations.
Other Titles: Third Reich and the fall of Rome
Responsibility: Julia Hell.

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Hell shows how the Third Reich was inspired by the Roman Empire--but, weirdly, more by its ruins than its heights, seeing in them a mark of its greatness and lasting legacy.  Read more...

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