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Arminius the Liberator [electronic resource]: Myth and Ideology

Martin M. Winkler
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EBook; Book; Online
Published
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Language
English
ISBN
9780190252915 (hardcover : alkaline paper)
Summary
"Arminius the Liberator: Myth and Ideology deals with a particular, although wide-ranging, aspect in the long reception history of Arminius the Cheruscan, commonly called Hermann. Arminius inflicted one of their most devastating defeats on the Romans in the year 9 A.D., when he destroyed three legions under the command of Varus in the Battle in the Teutoburg Forest, as it is generally called. Martin M. Winkler traces the origin and development of the Arminius legend in antiquity and in political and ideological appropriations of Arminius-Hermann since the nineteenth century. The book's central theme is the ideological use and abuse of history and of historical myth in Germany: Weimar-era nationalism, National Socialism, and the reaction to the ideological taint of the Arminius figure after 1945. The book also examines the various appearances of Arminius in art and media from the 1960s until today. Special emphasis is on the representation of Arminius in the era of visual mass media in Germany, Italy, and the U.S.: painting (Anselm Kiefer) and theater (Claus Peymann) but, most extensively, cinema, television, and computer videos"--
Contents
  • Introduction : history, myth, media
  • History as myth and ideology
  • The fate of history in the time of the image
  • I. FROM HISTORY TO MYTH TO IDEOLOGY. Origins of myth : Arminius in ancient literature and in German scholarship
  • Backgrounds to twentieth-century ideology
  • Arminius in National Socialism
  • II. IDEOLOGICAL VICTORIES : THE DEFEAT OF VARUS ON THE GERMAN SCREEN. Nationalism at a boil : die Hermannschlacht
  • National Socialism : Romans and Germans in Ewiger Wald
  • III. THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF IDEOLOGY. Historical myth on screen in the 1960s : with and without ideology
  • Against ideology : history exorcised
  • After ideology : history as infotainment
  • History without ideology : media and spectacle
  • Arminus in the New World.
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Mode of access: World wide Web.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-351) and index.
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