Lusitania: The Cultural History Of A Catastrophe by Willi JasperLusitania: The Cultural History Of A Catastrophe by Willi Jasper

Lusitania: The Cultural History Of A Catastrophe

byWilli JasperTranslated byStewart Spencer

Hardcover | September 27, 2016

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A fascinating reassessment of a turning point in the First World War, revealing its role in shaping the German psyche

On May 7, 1915, the Lusitania, a large British luxury liner, was sunk by a German submarine off the Irish coast. Nearly 1,200 people, including 128 American citizens, lost their lives. The sinking of a civilian passenger vessel without warning was a scandal of international scale and helped precipitate the United States’ decision to enter the conflict. It also led to the immediate vilification of Germany. Though the ship’s sinking has preoccupied historians and the general public for over a century, until now the German side of the story has been largely untold. Drawing on varied German sources, historian Willi Jasper provides a comprehensive reappraisal of the sinking and its aftermath that focuses on the German reaction and psyche. The attack on the Lusitania, he argues, was not simply an escalation of violence but signaled a new ideological, moral, and religious dimension in the struggle between German Kultur and Western civilization.
Willi Jasper is emeritus professor of modern German literature, cultural history, and Jewish studies at the University of Potsdam. He lives in Berlin, Germany. Stewart Spencer is an acclaimed translator whose work includes Heinrich August Winkler’s The Age of Catastrophe. He lives in London.
Title:Lusitania: The Cultural History Of A CatastropheFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030022138X

ISBN - 13:9780300221381

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“A fascinating account”—R. W. Lemmons, Choice