By Todd S Presner
Though the background of the German railway approach is frequently linked to the transportation of Jews to hard work and demise camps, Todd Presner appears to be like as an alternative to the of entirety of the 1st German railway strains and their function in remapping the cultural geography and highbrow historical past of Germany's Jews.
Treating the German railway as either an iconic image of modernity and a vital social, technological, and political strength, Presner advances a groundbreaking interpretation of the ways that mobility is inextricably associated with German and Jewish visions of modernity. relocating past the drained version of a failed German-Jewish discussion, Presner emphasizes the mutual entanglement of the very different types of German and Jewish and the numerous websites of touch and trade that happened among German and Jewish thinkers.
Turning to philosophy, literature, and the historical past of expertise, and drawing on transnational cultural and diaspora stories, Presner charts the effect of elevated mobility on interactions among Germans and Jews. He considers such significant figures as Kafka, Heidegger, Arendt, Freud, Sebald, Hegel, and Heine, analyzing poetry subsequent to philosophy, structure subsequent to literature, and railway maps subsequent to cultural history.
Rather than a standard, linear heritage that culminates within the tragedy of the Holocaust, Presner produces a cultural mapping that articulates a way more advanced tale of the hopes and catastrophes of cellular modernity. via concentrating on the areas of stumble upon emblematically represented by way of the overdetermined triangulation of Germans, Jews, and trains, he introduces a brand new family tree for the examine of eu and German-Jewish modernity.
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