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Key Thinkers of the Radical RightBehind the New Threat to Liberal Democracy$
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Mark Sedgwick

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190877583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190877583.001.0001

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Ernst Jünger and Storms of Steel

Ernst Jünger and Storms of Steel

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(p.22) 2 Ernst Jünger and Storms of Steel
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Key Thinkers of the Radical Right
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Elliot Neaman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190877583.003.0002

This chapter discusses the life and work of Ernst Jünger, who was part of a strain in modern German conservatism that tested the limits of modernity and Enlightenment rationality. He catapulted to fame as a young man on the basis of his World War I memoirs, In Storms of Steel, which made him part of the antidemocratic forces of the Weimar Republic, but he retreated into the inner emigration during the Third Reich. After 1950 he lived a reclusive life but published a stream of essays and books and an impressive diary that chronicled almost four decades of life with sharp observations on a wide range of topics. He was a cultural pessimist who thought that the rise of a unifying planetary technology and the loss of local culture meant that we were entering into a posthistorical world of fragmentation, and new forms of cultural and political tyranny.

Keywords:   Ernst Jünger, New Nationalism, stereoscopic vision, Conservative Revolution, German Resistance, aesthetics of shock, désinvolture, posthistoire, Germany

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