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Chapter 2 - Deutschtum und Judentum

Hermann Cohen in the Time of the Nations

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 March 2023

Nicolas de Warren
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Pennsylvania State University
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On many fronts, 1916 marked a point of no return. After the collapse of optimism for swift victory following the outbreak of hostilities, the inconclusive bloodlettings at Verdun and the Somme, and mounting economic hardships on the home front, the prospects for German triumph seemed increasingly dim. Attitudes became more resigned to a war like no other, a war without end. Dampened expectations gave way to creeping pessimism matched by defiant fatalism. A number of prominent intellectuals and academics who in 1914 eagerly supported the war now came to express their doubts or else fell conspicuously silent regarding the fate of the nation. Once the most vocal of advocates for the war, Ernst Troeltsch began to see things differently and came to accept the political deficiencies of the Wilhelmine Empire with its deleterious militarism.

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  • Deutschtum und Judentum
  • Nicolas de Warren, Pennsylvania State University
  • Book: German Philosophy and the First World War
  • Online publication: 30 March 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108526180.003
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  • Nicolas de Warren, Pennsylvania State University
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  • Deutschtum und Judentum
  • Nicolas de Warren, Pennsylvania State University
  • Book: German Philosophy and the First World War
  • Online publication: 30 March 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108526180.003
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