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Title Aurel Kolnai's "The War against the West" reconsidered / edited by Wolfgang Bialas
Edition First edition
Published Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon : New York, NY : Routledge, [2019]


Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge studies in fascism and the far right
Routledge studies in fascism and the far right.
Contents Cover -- Half Title -- Series Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Notes on Contributors -- List of Abbreviations -- Chapter 1: Introduction -- Kolnai's The War Against the West: an attempt at contextualisation -- Disconcerting and perplexing remarks made by Kolnai -- Contemporary reviews of the book -- Overview -- References -- Part I: Topics addressed in Kolnai's The War Against the West -- Chapter 2: Aurel Kolnai's comparison of National Socialism and communism in the context of contemporary comparisons of dictatorships -- Introduction -- The War Against the West -- Between anti-Bolshevism and philo-Bolshevism -- Reasons for the higher esteem in which Bolshevism is held in The War Against the West -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 3: Nazism, Christianity and the development of political religion theory in Kolnai's The War Against the West -- Nazism as political religion -- Nazism as religious politics -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 4: Aurel Kolnai's reflections on anti-Semitismin contemporary context -- Preliminary remarks -- Kolnai's The War Against the West -- Dialectic of Enlightenment -- The War Against the West or Dialectic of Enlightenment? -- Notes -- References -- Part II: Comparing Kolnai with contemporary attempts of coming to terms with Nazism -- Chapter 5: Aurel Kolnai's The War Against the West and British attempts to understand Nazism before the war -- The War Against the West in Britain -- British approaches -- Kolnai's contribution -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 6: Aurel Kolnai's The War Against the West and the American debate on Nazism -- The moral philosopher as political propagandist -- Relevance and resonance in the United States -- The American debate on Nazism up to 1938 -- The American reception of The War Against the West: Kolnai as Vansittartist
Kolnai prefiguring United States wartime strategies and rhetoric -- Factors leading to the 'false lullaby of appeasement' -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 7: Aurel Kolnai and Franz Neumann: Normative criticism and structural analysis of National Socialism -- Note -- References -- Part III: Kolnai's work and the reception of The War Against the West -- Chapter 8: Aurel Kolnai's The War Against the West contextualised -- In defence of Christian Europe -- Concrete conservatism -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 9: Aurel Kolnai's The War Against the West: Contours of a contemporary analysis and critique of National Socialism -- National Socialism as a threat of annihilation against the West -- Analysis and criticism of National Socialist ideology -- National Socialism and race -- Kolnai's analysis of National Socialism and the National Socialism of Germany: capitalism or socialism? -- National Socialism and war -- References -- Chapter 10: Nazi sexual politics: Aurel Kolnai on the threat of re-primitivism -- Background -- The core problem: vitalism -- Nazi sexual politics -- Re-primitivism -- Concluding remarks and contemporary significance -- Notes -- References -- Part IV: Kolnai's political and moral philosophy -- Chapter 11: Aurel Kolnai's War against Carl Schmitt's War: The war of wars -- Schmitt in The War Against the West -- The concept of practice -- Practice and wars -- The dilemma -- A purely moral justification of war -- Morality as a two-edged weapon -- Resisting tyranny as the political justification for war -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 12: The viability of Kolnai's moral phenomenology: Moral awareness and anti-Utopianism -- Recovering the 'human world' -- The utopian mentality -- Kolnai's ethical phenomenology -- Nazi ideology and moral nihilism -- Moral awareness -- Meta-ethics -- Moral conflicts -- Conclusion -- Notes
Summary Aurel Kolnai's The War against the West remains one of the most insightful analyses of Nazi thought ever written. First published in 1938 it was a revelation for many readers. Quite different in tone and approach from most other analyses of Nazism available in English, it was remarkable for the thoroughness with which it discussed the writings of Nazi thinkers and for the seriousness with which it took their views. In this edited collection published eighty years after the original book, a team of distinguished scholars reassess this classic text and also consider its continued relevance to contemporary politics. They address issues such as the comparison of Nazism and communism, anti-Semitism, British and American perceptions of the Reich before the war and the Nazi legal theory of Carl Schmitt. This book is a vital source for historians of Nazism and Fascism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher
Subject Kolnai, Aurel. War against the West
Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei.
Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Germany.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Fascism & Totalitarianism.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Political Parties.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Leadership.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Bialas, Wolfgang, 1954- editor.
LC no. 2019015528
ISBN 9781351260831
Other Titles Kolnai's "War against the West" reconsidered
War against the West reconsidered