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Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life

Robert Lerner Ë 9 review Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life review Õ 109 The first complete biography of an influential historian whose dramatic life intersected with many great events and thinkers of the twentieth century This is the first complete biography of Ernst Kantorowicz 1895 1963 an influential German American medieval historian whose colorful life intersected with many of the great events and thinkers of his time Born into a wealthy Prussian Jewish family he fought in Wor. Lerner s book is a very well researched and written biography of one of the most important medieval historians of the 20th centuryIt is well balanced it dwells on the extraordinarily varied life of Kantorowicz WWI participation Freikorper member of the Stefan George Kreis a group hard to define Stefan George at the same time was appreciated by Goebbels and was the spiritual guide of Hitler s would be assassin Stauffenberg his brave opposition both to Nazism and to McCarthismAt the same time it also focusses on the intellectual output of Kantorowicz Lerner himself an eminent medieval scholar well explains Kantorowicz s achievements he both greatly expanded the scope of medieval historiography with a pioneering use of sources and explored a crucial theme ie in the King s two bodies the permanence of the state vs the transient nature of the rulersA book to buy if you are interested in the intellectual history of the 20th century seen through the prism of an extraordinary life

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Robert Lerner Ë 9 review Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life review Õ 109 Aculty at Berkeley only to be fired in 1950 for refusing to sign an anticommunist loyalty oath From there he fell up the ladder to Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study where he wrote his masterwork The King's Two Bodies Drawing on many new sources including numerous interviews and unpublished letters Robert E Lerner tells the story of a major intellectual whose life and times were as fascinating as his work. I enjoyed my introduction to Ernest Kantorowicz and learned a great deal He was some man The book is well written but could have been better redacted But I would not have liked him as a person He certainly left a great deal of writing for all to admire Jack Kushner

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Robert Lerner Ë 9 review Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life review Õ 109 Ld War I earning an Iron Cross and an Iron Crescent before being sent home following an affair with a general's mistress Though he was an ardent German nationalist during the Weimar period after the Nazis came to power he bravely spoke out against the regime before an overflowing crowd in Frankfurt He narrowly avoided arrest after Kristallnacht fleeing to England and then the United States where he joined the f. It is often said that fascinating lives make for superior biographies This statement is no where true than as regards this outstanding biography of Ernst Kantorowicz 1895 1963 whom many consider to have been the greatest medievalist of the 20th century I leave that to the historians to fight out what is evident is that EKa as he preferred to be known was one of the most insightful and creative intellectual historians that one is likely to come across I first encountered him in connection with his spectacularly inventive study The King s Two Bodies while in graduate school I was also aware of him from his courageous opposition to the California loyalty oath reuirement while he was teaching at Berkeley in the late 1940 s which ultimately cost him his position I too had to put up with the oath s foolishness while a student at UC in the 1960 s but it was much weakened and on its way out thanks to the brave battle fought by EKa and othersThe author himself a distinguished medievalist does a solid job in tracing the evolution of EKa s life from his birth in Posen then in East Prussia in 1895 till his death in 1963 at Princeton where he had become affiliated with the Institution for Advanced Studies His path through life is just fascinating as he moves from Posen to fight on the German side in the First War then to Heidelberg for economic studies and involvement with the mystical Stefan George circle There while still without a university position but possessing a doctorate he wrote his first book on Kaiser Frederick II published in 1927 who had ruled the Holy Roman Empire during the 13th century The book either wowed or horrified established historians because of his uniue reliance upon medieval chronicles and ceremonial acclamations rather than the traditional tools of German historical writing A foretaste of the Two Bodies book to comeEKa then shifted to the university at Frankfurt where he taught history But the growing strength of the Nazis especially after 1933 began to make his life uncomfortable since he was of Jewish extraction After a brief stint at Oxford he was effectively separated from teaching which did allow him time for research work By 1938 the situation was impossible and he escaped first to the UK and then the US While he gave some lectures and taught briefly at several institutions he ended up at Berkeley for a serious of one year appointments during 1940 45 He had managed to write his second book on liturgical acclamations and rituals but UC press sat on the manuscript for several years Ultimately he got a permanent professorship but then the loyalty oath controversy forced him to relocate fortunately to the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton It was here that he published the Two Bodies a work which had been fermenting in his mind for decades And it is here where he dies in 1963Several aspects stand out in this bio First the author s own distinguished teaching and writing in medieval history render him a sure hand when discussing EKa s books and approaches to history This is most evident I felt in the author s discussion of the Two Bodies to which he devotes an entire chapter Explaining the transition of ideas from Christian theological formulations into political ones to the uninitiated such as myself is no easy task but the author pulls it off Moreover like a good European scholar the author is conversant in multiple languages which allows him to accurately discuss some arcane concepts which EKa has articulated in multiple languages from diverse sources not in English The reader is always in good hands with Professor Robert E Lerner While the biographical material flows smoothly the intensive discussion of EKa s historical work can be challenging but that is the nature of intellectual history I enjoyed the 390 pages of the book because EKa tends to open up your mind to new ideas not elsewhere encountered And that is always a valuable and far too rare experience

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    Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life Epub In the 1930s American intellectual life was tremendously vitalized by an extraordinary influx of scholars from Central Europe This was if one can speak in such terms the silver lining of Hitler’s persecution Many though not all of these intellectuals were Jewish The whole phenomenon is known as the Transatlantic MigrationIn this shift a special perhaps uniue position was occupied by the historian Ernst Kantorowicz who was respo

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