Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Ernst Osterkamp
    Pages 19-26
  3. Irving Wohlfarth
    Pages 27-45
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 201-203

About this book


The history of American universities is punctuated by shifts in the terms on which the mission of higher education is defined and debated. A dramatic moment with lasting effects came with the introduction of German-speaking exile intellectuals in the Hitler era. In Germany, the academic culture of the early twentieth century was torn by the struggle between Wissenschaft and Bildung, two symbolic German terms, whose lack of precise English equivalents is a sign of the different configuration in America. The studies in this book examine the achievements of numerous influential émigré intellectuals against the background of their mediation between the two cultural traditions in science and liberal studies. In showing the richness of reciprocal influences, the book challenges claims about the disruptive influence of exile culture on the American mind.


20. Jahrhundert 20th century Adolf Hitler culture education exile Germany history migration Tradition USA Weimar

Editors and affiliations

  • David Kettler
    • 1
  • Gerhard Lauer
    • 2
  1. 1.Political StudiesBard (Emeritus Trent University)USA
  2. 2.University of GoettingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-73456-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-04596-6
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