Publisher description for Heritage of our times / Ernst Bloch ; translated by Neville and Stephen Plaice.


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Counter First published in Switzerland in 1935 and now available for the first time in English translation, Heritage of Our Times is a bold work of cultural criticism by a major twentieth-century German philosopher. Recalling work by Walter Benjamin and the Frankfurt School, Ernst Bloch's study of everyday life and politics during the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany is a brilliant historical analysis of the cultural conditions leading to German fascism.

A half-century later, Bloch's prescient meditations on culture and politics still retain their explosive power and are certain to provoke controversy and discussion among cultural critics, philosophers, social theorists, and historians. In their Introduction, the translators contextualize the book within the political and intellectual tendencies of the period and Bloch's other work.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Germany Civilization 20th century, Germany Social life and customs 20th century, Germany Social conditions 1918-1933, Germany Social conditions 1933-1945, National socialism, Middle class Germany History