1 Sep Book digitized by Google from the library of the New York Public Library and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb. Nordau, Max. Entartung. [Degeneracy]. Ed. by Tebben, Karin Together with Nietzsche, Nordau is one of the most influential thought leaders of a tradition that, . 9 Feb Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 5 by Max Simon Nordau. Degeneration by Max Simon Nordau. Book Cover. Download; Bibrec.
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The rise of Modernismthe popularity of very different thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzschethe huge technological changes and the devastation of the First World Warchanged European society enormously. His fame as an intellectual helped draw attention to the project. Hannah Arendtin her book The Origins of Totalitarianismrefers to late 19th Century French society as embracing unusual or exotic types or individuals, such as criminals, Gypsies and Turks, and certain others formerly not seen as socially acceptable, so Nordau’s position is not novel or isolated as social criticism.
This trial went beyond a miscarriage of justice and in Herzl’s words “contained the wish of the overwhelming majority in France, to damn a Jew, and in this one Jew, all Jews. He uses examples from French periodicals and books in French to show how it has affected all elements of society.
Nordau cited England as an exception to this continental anti-Semitism that proved the rule. The idea of degeneration had significant influence on science, art and politics from the s to the s.
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The concept of degeneration expressed the “dis-ease” that many felt over this upheaval. Bythere was a growing fear of degeneration sweeping across Europe creating disorders that led to povertycrimealcoholism, moral perversion and political violence. A Study in Human Solidarity. Nordau was central to the Zionist Congresses which played such a vital part in shaping what Zionism would become.
That was given legitimacy by the branch of medicine called psycho-physiognomy. This cultural construct, which could be used to describe anything which deviated in any way from accepted norms, was given legitimacy by the pseudo-scientific branch of medicine “psycho-physiognomy. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.
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After completing an autopsy on murderer Villela he found the indentation where the spine meets the neck to be a signal of degeneration and subsequent criminality. Nordau’s speeches to the World Zionist Congress reexamined the Jewish people, in particular stereotypes of the Jews.
Buffon incorrectly argued that entire species “degenerated” becoming sterile, weaker, or smaller due to harsh climates.
Entaftung theories of degenerate are were co-opted by the Nazis and used to serve an anti-Semitic agenda, one that he would certainly have not endorsed. Nordau died in Entarttung, France in Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
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Science Logic and Mathematics. Every man is born with certain rights; the Jews are human beings, consequently the Jews are born to own the rights of man. Moore Alison – forthcoming – Intellectual History Review: Nordau’s conversion to Zionism is in many ways typical of the rise of Zionism amongst Western European Jewry.
No keywords specified fix it. As the twentieth century progressed, Nordau seemed increasingly irrelevant as a cultural critic. Herzl obviously took center stage, making the first entarrtung at the Congress; Nordau followed him with an assessment of the Jewish condition in Europe. This was based on pre- Darwinian ideas of evolution, especially those of Jean-Baptiste Lamarckwho argued that acquired characteristics like drug abuse and sexual perversions, could be inherited.
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Whereas Herzl favored the idea of an elite forming policy, Nordau insisted the Congress have a democratic nature of some sort, calling for votes on key topics. Art, Architecture, and History. Gustavo Perednik – – El Catoblepas: Herzl’s views were formed during his time in France where he recognised the universality of anti-Semitism; the Dreyfus Affair cemented his belief in the failure of assimilation.
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Views Read Edit View history. Nordau’s bestseller, Degenerationattempted to explain all modern art, music and literature by pointing out the degenerate characteristics of the artists involved.
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Nordau saw in Jewish Emancipation the result of “a regular equation: Each one wishes to create a strong nervous excitement, no matter whether agreeably or disagreeably. Mark Jarzombek – – Cambridge University Press.
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