Fritz Stern Einstein`s German World

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The French political philosopher Raymond Aron once observed that the twentieth century "could have been Germany's century" In 1900, the country was Europe's preeminent power, its material strength and strident militaristic ethos apparently balanced by a vital culture and extraordinary scientific achievement. It was poised to achieve greatness. In Einstein's German World, the eminent historian Fritz Stern explores the ambiguous promise of Germany before Hitler, as well as its horrifying decline into moral nihilism under Nazi rule, and aspects of its remarkable recovery since World War II. He does so by gracefully blending history and biography in a sequence of finely drawn studies of Germany's great scientists and of German-Jewish relations before and during Hitler's regime. Stern's central chapter traces the complex friendship of Albert Einstein and the Nobel Prize-winning chemist Fritz Haber, contrasting their responses to German life and to their Jewish heritage. Haber, a convert to Christianity and a firm German patriot until the rise of the Nazis; Einstein, a committed internationalist and pacifist, and a proud though secular Jew. Other chapters, also based on new archival sources, consider the turbulent and interrelated careers of the physicist Max Planck, an austere and powerful figure who helped to make Berlin a happy, productive place for Einstein and other legendary scientists; of Paul Ehrlich, the founder of chemotherapy; of Walther Rathenau, the German-Jewish industrialist and statesman tragically assassinated in 1922; and of Chaim Weizmann, chemist, Zionist, and first president of Israel, whose close relations with his German colleagues is here for the first time recounted. Stern examines the still controversial way that historians have dealt with World War I and Germans have dealt with their nation's defea

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Fritz Stern, University Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, is the author of many books on the history of modern Europe, including Gold and Iron: Bismarck, Bleichroder and the Building of the German Empire, Dreams and Delusions: The Drama of German History, The Politics of Cultural Despair. His books have been widely translated. He is the 1999 winner of Germany's prestigious Peace Prize, awarded annually by the German Publishers' Association at the Frankfurt Book Fair. A recipient of many prizes and fellowships, he received an honorary degree from Oxford University in 1985. He has been a member of the Editorial and Executive Committees of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein since 1984.

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