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War and the intellectuals : collected essays, 1915-1919
Bourne, Randolph Silliman, 1886-1918.
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Indianapolis : Hackett Pub., 1999.

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xv, 197 pages ; 22 cm
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Although he died at the age of thirty-two, Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) left a body of writing on politics, culture, and literature that made him one of the most influential public intellectuals of the twentieth century, and a hero of the American left. The twenty-eight essays of this volume--among them, War and the Intellectuals, the analysis of the warfare state that made Bourne the foremost critic of American entry into World War 1, and Trans-National America, his manifesto for cultural pluralism in America--show Bourne at his most passionate and incisive as they trace his search for the true wellsprings of nationalism and American culture.

Author Notes

Carl Resek is Professor Emeritus of History, State University of New York at Purchase.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
The War
1. The War and the Intellectualsp. 3
2. Below the Battlep. 15
3. The Collapse of American Strategyp. 22
4. A War Diaryp. 36
5. American Use for German Idealsp. 48
6. Twilight of Idolsp. 53
7. The Statep. 65
Trans-National America
8. Trans-National Americap. 107
9. The Jew and Trans-National Americap. 124
10. What is Exploitation?p. 134
11. The Price of Radicalismp. 139
12. A Moral Equivalent for Universal Military Servicep. 142
13. Education as Livingp. 148
14. The Idea of a Universityp. 152
15. The Puritan's Will to Powerp. 156
16. H. L. Menckenp. 162
17. Paul Elmer Morep. 165
18. The Heart of the Peoplep. 171
19. Sociologic Fictionp. 175
20. Traps for the Unwaryp. 179
21. The History of a Literary Radicalp. 184