My Wounded Heart
Author: Martin Doerry
Publisher: A&C Black
My Wounded Heart tells the heart-breaking story of a gifted Jewish doctor, the mother of five children, who, after being divorced by her Aryan husband, is arrested on an absurd charge and sent to a corrective labour camp in 1942. Lilli was a prolific letter writer and miraculously almost all her letters to her children and friends, together with a huge number of their letters to her (smuggled out of the camp at Breitenau before she was sent to Auschwitz), survived the Second World War and only came to light on the death of her son in 1998. In the letters and in Martin Doerry's superb commentary, we see the deterioration of a whole country through the eyes of an ordinary family driven asunder by pressure from the Nazi regime. We see Lilli's initial optimism and love of her husband begin to crack. We see her trying to support and run the family home from Breitenau camp, but relying totally on her twelve-year-old daughter, Ilse. And we see the difficulties for the children of living with their father's mistress, now his wife, after a bombing raid destroys the family home. And perhaps most moving of all, we see Ilse's heroic attempts to meet her mother, even though it means going into the labour camp itself, and Lilli's courage in the face of her inevitable end.
Author: Heiko Augustinus Oberman, Eileen Walliser-Schwarzbart
Publisher: Yale University Press
Written by one of the world's greatest authorities on Martin Luther, this is the definitive biography of the central figure of the Protestant Reformation. “A brilliant account of Luther’s evolution as a man, a thinker, and a Christian. . . . Every person interested in Christianity should put this on his or her reading list.”—Lawrence Cunningham, Commonweal “This is the biography of Luther for our time by the world’s foremost authority.”—Steven Ozment, Harvard University “If the world is to gain from Luther it must turn to the real Luther—furious, violent, foul-mouthed, passionately concerned. Him it will find in Oberman’s book, a labour of love.”—G. R. Elton, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Author: Willi Winkler
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
«Allein in der Berufung auf sein Gewissen stürzte Martin Luther eine Welt um, wie es sonst nur Kopernikus gelang.» Er war der größte Rebell, den die deutsche Geschichte aufzuweisen hat – und wollte doch nichts weniger sein. Martin Luther hat mit den sagenhaften Hammerschlägen, mit denen er seine 95 Thesen an das Tor der Schlosskirche zu Wittenberg nagelte, das Mittelalter beendet und ein neues Zeitalter begründet: das, in dem wir heute leben. Die von ihm angestoßene Reformation wirkte wie ein ungeheurer Modernisierungsschub, auf Kunst und Alltagsleben, Literatur, Wissenschaft und Publizistik; Luthers Bibelübersetzung ist der Grundtext für das heutige Deutsch. Vor allem aber gab der entlaufene Augustinermönch den Deutschen zum ersten Mal einen Begriff von der Individualität des Menschen: Du allein verfügst über dich, nicht der Kaiser, nicht der Papst, niemand außer Gott. Luther ist eine einzigartige Figur in der europäischen Geschichte. Ohne ihn wäre die Welt ärmer – auf jeden Fall eine andere. Willi Winkler geht es darum, den ganzen Luther in den Blick zu nehmen, ihn als den Mann zu zeigen, der seine Welt vom Kopf auf die Füße gestellt hat, vor dem Hintergrund des aufregenden 16. Jahrhunderts, in dem die Neuzeit beginnt. Rechtzeitig zum Reformationsjahr erscheint diese große Biographie, die alle Anlagen zum Klassiker hat.
Author: Diarmaid MacCulloch
Publisher: Penguin UK
The Reformation was the seismic event in European history over the past 1000 years, and one which tore the medieval world apart. Not just European religion, but thought, culture, society, state systems, personal relations - everything - was turned upside down. Just about everything which followed in European history can be traced back in some way to the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation which it provoked. The Reformation is where the modern world painfully and dramatically began, and MacCulloch's great history of it is recognised as the best modern account.
Author: Jay Rosellini
Publisher: Purdue University Press
These two phenomena can be seen as manifestations of a general malaise, a disorientation that may last for quite some time, and Jay Rosellini approaches his subject with the belief that it would be irresponsible to ignore these disquieting trends." "This account is recommended for the general reader interested in international issues as well as for students and scholars of German, intellectual history, political science, and comparative sociology."--BOOK JACKET.
The Two Reformations
Author: Heiko A. Oberman
Publisher: Yale University Press
In this last collection of his vital, controversial, and accessible writings, Heiko A. Oberman seeks to liberate and broaden our understanding of the European Reformation, from its origins in medieval philosophy and theology through the Puritan settlers who brought Calvin’s vision to the New World. Ranging over many topics, Oberman finds fascinating connections between aspects of the Reformation and twentieth-century history and thought—most notably the connection to Nazism and the Holocaust. He revisits his earlier work on the history of anti-Semitism, rejects the notion of an unbroken line from Luther to Hitler to the Holocaust, and offers a new perspective on the Christian legacy of anti-Semitism and its murderous result in the twentieth century. Oberman demonstrates how the simplifications and rigidities of modern historiography have obscured the existential spirits of such great figures as Luther and Calvin. He explores the debt of both Luther and Calvin to medieval religious thought and the impact of diverse features of “the long fifteenth century”—including the Black Death, nominalism, humanism, and the Conciliar Movement—on the Reformation.
In this psychobiography, Erik H. Erikson brings his insights on human development and the identity crisis to bear on the prominent figure of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.
Was schreiben Schulbücher zum Thema Reformation? Wie deuten sie das Wirken Martin Luthers? Wie stellen sie die Rolle der katholischen Kirche dar und wie nehmen sich Museen, Romane und andere Manifestationen der Geschichtskultur des Themas an? Das Buch reflektiert die Antworten auf diese Fragen im Licht geschichtsdidaktischer Diskurse. Es zeigt zudem, wie ehemals sozialistische Länder nach 1989/1991 das Thema neu entdeckten, und reißt mit zwei asiatischen Sichtweisen die globale Dimension der Rezeption dieses früher vorwiegend aus westlicher Perspektive reflektierten Themas an. In diesem Sinne soll dieser Band dazu beitragen, Geschichtsunterricht multiperspektivisch zu bereichern. What do school textbooks say about the Reformation? How do they interpret the work of Martin Luther? How do they portray the role of the Catholic Church and how do museums, novels and other manifestations of its historical culture deal with the topic? This book reflects the answers to these questions in light of history-didactic discourse. It also shows how formerly socialist countries rediscovered the subject after 1989/1991 and, with two Asian points of view, notes the global dimension of the reception of this topic, which was formerly viewed from a predominantly Western perspective. In this sense, this volume plays its part in enriching history lessons from multiple perspectives.
A Natural History of Latin
Author: Tore Janson, Nigel Vincent, Merethe Damsgård Sørensen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Beginning in Rome around 600 BC, Latin became the language of the civilized world and remained so for more than two millennia. French, Spanish, Italian, and Romanian are among its progeny and it provides the international vocabulary of law and life science. No known language, including English - itself enriched by Latin words and phrases - has achieved such success and longevity. Tore Janson tells its history from origins to present. Brilliantly conceived and written with the same light touch as his bestselling history of languages, A Natural History of Latin is a masterpiece of adroit synthesis. The author charts the expansion of Latin in the classical world, its renewed importance in the Middle Ages, and its survival into modern times. He shows how spoken and written Latin evolved in different places and its central role in European history and culture. He ends with a concise Latin grammar and lists of Latin words and phrases still in common use. Considered elitist andirrelevant in the second half of the twentieth century and often even banned from schools, Latin is now enjoying a huge revival of interest across Europe, the UK, and the USA. Tore Janson offers persuasive arguments for its value and gives direct access to its fascinating worlds, past and present.
The Mosaic of Islam
Author: Suleiman Mourad
Publisher: Verso Books
A comprehensive introduction to the faith and politics of Islam Today, 23 percent of the global population is Muslim, but ignorance and misinformation about Islam persist. In this fascinating and useful book, Perry Anderson interviews the noted scholar of Islam Suleiman Mourad about the Qurʾan and the history of the faith. Mourad elucidates the different stages in Islam’s development: the Qurʾan as scripture and the history of its codification; Muhammad and the significance of his Sunna and Hadith; the Sunni–Shiʿi split and the formation of various sects; the development of jihad; the transition to modernity and the challenges of reform; and the complexities of Islam in the modern world. He also looks at Wahhabism from its inception in the eighteenth century to its present-day position as the movement that galvanized modern Salafism and gave rise to militant Islam or jihadism. The Mosaic of Islam reveals both the richness and the fissures of the faith. It speaks of the different voices claiming to represent the religion and spans peaceful groups and manifestations as well as the bloody confrontations that disfigure the Middle East, such as the Saudi intervention in the Yemen and the collapse of Syria and Iraq. From the Trade Paperback edition.
After The second sex
Author: Alice Schwarzer, Simone de Beauvoir
On the Jews & Their Lies is one of the most controversial works by Protestant reformer, Martin Luther. In one of the most notorious chapters in the book, Luther urges the German people to “raze and destroy [the Jews’] houses," and it is for such statements that the book is best known. But the book also presents some theological arguments against the Judaism (i.e. the Jew’s belief in the circumcision, their classification of themselves as the “Chosen People,” and the Jews’ denial of Christ as the Messiah). This annotated edition of Martin Luther’s On the Jews & Their Lies provides readers with a more thorough understanding of one of the most controversial works of the Father of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.
Nationalism and Culture
Author: Rudolf Rocker
Publisher: Black Rose Books Limited
An important contribution to our thought about human society. A classic, long out of print.