Essay about The German Genius By Peter Watson

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In the book by Peter Watson, “The German Genius” reflects greatly on the importance of German influence as well as the impact of historical individuals had on sculpting what Germany is now. Chapter twenty-one and chapter twenty-two act as the turning point historically German in the sense of being a positive influence for the rest of the world to a negative influence. In chapter twenty-one “The Abuses of History”, the author elaborates on the blossoming of aggressive nationalism, militarism, Darwinism, the Aryan myth, and anti-Catholicism, which carried a negative effect on Germany as well as the rest of the world. Lastly, in chapter twenty-two “The Pathologies of Nationalism”, Watson goes further into detail the destructiveness of Nationalism. First, in the section “The Abuse of History” the inwardness of literature was created as a result of the concept that the artist was to stray away from political involvement and power grabbing. With the indifference to politics, Germany never turned their attention to the dangers of politics that were a result of the imperial system. Another importance highlighted in this chapter is the rise of nationalism, which was coined by three gentlemen: Theodor Mommsen, Heinrich von Sybel, and Heinrich von Trietschke. Most of these men held the same characteristics: a liberal who was a monarchist, a rigorous scholar whose nationalism bordered on racism. One of Sybel’s coined ideas was that great men make history, that “the masses do nothing”.…

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