These readings are preselection. We will read chapters from these books. Readings may change depending on the number of participants. All readings will be provided to you as a PDF.
Primary Sources (preselection)
G.F.W. Hegel, ”Appendix: 1. The natural context or the geographical basis of world history,” Lectures on the Philosophy of World History. Introduction. Reason in History
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Karl Marx, Dispatches for the New York Tribune;
---. "Address of the International Working Men's Association to Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America"
Werner Sombart, Why is there no Socialism in America?
Johan Huizinga, America: A Dutch historian's vision, from afar and near (Part 1)
Hannah Arendt "We Refugees"
---. On Revolution
T. W. Adorno, ”Scientific Experiences in America” in: The Intellectual Migration: Europe and America, 1930–1960
Herbert Marcuse, Negotiations, ”Aggressiveness in Advanced Industrial Society”
Secondary Readings (preselection)
Claus Offe, Reflections on America
Dan Diner, American in the Eyes of Germans
Alan Levine, ”The Idea of America in the History of European Political Thought: 1492 to 9/11” in America Through European Eyes
Jesse Ramirez, ”Marcuse among Technocrats”
Wolfgang Schivelbusch, The Three New Deals
Antonello Gerbi, The Dispute of the New World, ”Hegel and his Contemporaries”
Robin Blackburn, An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln
James L. Nolan, Jr, ”Pride, Patriotism, and the Mercantilist Spirit,” What They Saw in America
John Torpey ”Huizinga on America”
Richard King, Arendt and America