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Book: A Most Dangerous Book - Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich by Christopher B. Krebs

Book Review: A Most Dangerous Book - Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich by Christopher B. Krebs

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categories: Book, History, Third Reich, Roman Empire, Germania

Author: Christopher B. Krebs
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company




 History the Way I Like it: Informative and Entertaining

Why did Heinrich Himmler take an interest in a Latin text almost 2000 years old? "A most dangerous book" tells the story of the Germania, written by the Roman historian Tacitus, lost for 1500 years, and then, after its rediscovery, quoted and paraphrased and rewritten again and again for ideological purposes. Italian, German, French, English, and Dutch intellectuals used the text to address questions of morals, language, national identity, and race. The usage the Nazis made of it was merely the last–but most upsetting-in a long line. Krebs tells a great story, and he does it well: history of ideas need not be boring. Highly recommended



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