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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

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

Elliot Neaman

Oxford University Press

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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