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If The War Goes On: Reflections On War And Politics Hermann Hesse

If The War Goes On: Reflections On War And Politics

Hermann Hesse

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ISBN : 9780374509255
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191 pages
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One of the most astonishing aspects of Hesses career is the clear-sightedness and consistency of his political views, his passionate espousal of pacifism and internationism from the start of World War I to the end of his life. The earliest essay inMoreOne of the most astonishing aspects of Hesses career is the clear-sightedness and consistency of his political views, his passionate espousal of pacifism and internationism from the start of World War I to the end of his life. The earliest essay in this book was written in September, 1914 and was followed by a stream of letters, essays, and pamphlets that reached its hight point with Zarathustras Return (published anonymously in 1919, the year that also saw the publication of Demian), in which Hesse exhorted German youth to shake off the false gods of nationalism and militarism that had led their country into the abyss. Such views earned him the labels traitor and viper in Germany, but after World War II he was moved to reiterate his beliefs in another series of essays and letters. Hesse arranged his anti-war writings for publication in one volume in 1946- an amplified edition appeared 1n 1949 and that text has been followed for this first Engish language Edition.