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The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific… (2010)

by Peter Watson

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"A virtuosic cultural history of German ideas and influence, from 1750 to the present day"-- Provided by publisher.
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850 pages of 3 paragraphs on famous Germans and their contribution to their field, over the last 300 years. ( )
  eatonphil | May 8, 2022 |
Firehose delivery of German Thought . Comprehensive, but just a handful of sentences for each of the hundreds of personalities, discoveries and philosophies. Breathless and unpleasant journey. Nothing at all like his "Age of Nothing" ( )
  pheditor | Oct 4, 2019 |
Stopped reading after about 300 pages, because its level of research was clearly declining as I was progressing. Tended to read like a monstrously huge undergraduate term paper. ( )
  pgiltner | Oct 30, 2017 |
An almost limitless source of information about the men and ideas that contributed to Germany's preeminence in culture, science, and the humanities ever since the middle of the eighteenth century. All the big names are here along with many others that you should know about due to their impact on our world. I find this a never-ending source of education and a resource to provide context for other reading. ( )
  jwhenderson | Aug 11, 2017 |
I would change the name to "The German Smart Guys." Men from the past 250 years getting anywhere from a paragraph to five pages each in the 900 plus pages that Watson has handed us. Literature, historiography, philology, psychology, philosophy, education, painting, sculpture, architecture, and more. Following ideas from idealism, romanticism, expressionism, dadaism, to fascism and communism and beyond.
The book starts by explaining how we non-Germans and Germans too have not paid enough attention the leadership of German thought, and then because of the book's breadth, it cannot not give enough attention to any single person or idea. More of an who's who of German thinking and feeling.
A weighty entry into the thick book shelf. ( )
  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
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By 1900, nearly everyone agreed that there was something special about the Germans. Their philosophy was more profound -- to a fault. So was their music. Their scientists and engineers were clearly the best. Their soldiers were unmatched. ... ''The German Genius'' is a lengthy compilation of essential German contributions to philosophy, theology, mathematics, natural and social science and the arts since 1750. Watson enshrines a vast pantheon of creative thinkers, not dwelling very long on any of them.
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By one of those profitable accidents of history, in 2004 two German brothers were living in London, each in a high-profile position of influence that enabled them, together, to make some very pointed observations about their temporary home.
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