Hardback
March 24, 2001
9780801866234
English
French
136
8.25 Inches (US)
5.25 Inches (US)
0.66 Inches (US)
.6875 Pounds (US)
$52.00 USD, £38.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Kantorowicz

Stories of a Historian

Ernst Kantorowicz was a complex figure whose long incident-filled life seemed to embody many of the contradictions of the twentieth century. A Jew from a disputed area between Germany and Poland who fought on the German side in World War I, he first achieved academic success with Frederick II (1927), a work whose language, in Gabrielle Spiegel's words, "often came perilously close to that of the Nazi party" in its desire to see a reconstituted German nation once again dominant on the world stage. Forced to emigrate when the Nazis came to power, Kantorowicz later became embroiled in controversy when, at Berkeley during the McCarthy era, he refused to sign an oath of allegiance designed to identify Communist Party sympathizers. Resigning from Berkeley as a result of the controversy over the loyalty oath, Kantorowicz moved to the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, where he remained for the rest of his life and where he wrote his masterpiece, The King's Two Bodies.

Kantorowicz the historian, however, had no wish to see his own life become a subject of historical study. When he died in 1963, his will directed that all his personal papers be destroyed. Why had a historian so involved in history wished to erase himself from it? In Kantorowicz: Stories of a Historian, Alain Boureau confronts this question by writing a unique work which is as much a speculation on the nature of biography as it is a biographical study. In the absence of personal records, Boureau seeks to get at the interior life of this enigmatic individual through the recourse of "parallel lives"—real-life figures and characters from novels of the time who were faced with similar crises and who shared aspects of upbringing, training, and circumstance.

This fascinating, nontraditional biography, originally published in France in 1990, appears for the first time in English, translated by Stephen G. Nichols and Gabrielle M. Spiegel.

About the Authors

Alain Boureau is the director of studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. He is the author of many previous books, including The Lord's First Night, Alter Histoire, L'Événement sans fin, and La Papesse Jeanne.

Johns Hopkins University Press
Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society
From 17

9780801866234 : kantorowicz-boureau-nichols-spiegel
Hardback
136 Pages
$52.00 USD

Other Titles by Stephen G. Nichols

Rethinking the Medieval Senses

edited by Stephen G. Nichols, Andreas Kablitz, and Alison Calhoun
Jan 2008 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$69.00 USD - Hardback
$29.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The New Medievalism

edited by Marina S. Brownlee, Kevin Brownlee, and Stephen G. Nichols
Oct 1991 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$28.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles by Gabrielle M. Spiegel

The Past as Text

Gabrielle M. Spiegel
Oct 1999 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$28.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles from Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society

The Cryptographic Imagination

Shawn James Rosenheim
Mar 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$45.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$45.00 USD - Electronic book text

Albert Cohen

Jack I. Abecassis
Mar 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$52.00 USD - Electronic book text

Grotesque Figures

Virginia E. Swain
Mar 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$52.00 USD - Hardback
$52.00 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in HISTORY / Historiography

A History of the Guyanese Working People, 1881-1905

Walter Rodney - foreword by George Lamming
Dec 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$30.00 USD - ebook

Byzantium after the Nation

Dimitris Stamatopoulos
Oct 2020 - Central European University Press
$95.00 USD - Hardback

Imagined Empires

Dimitris Stamatopoulos
Oct 2020 - Central European University Press
$85.00 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in History: theory & methods

The Birth of the Past

Zachary Sayre Schiffman - foreword by Anthony Grafton
Jan 2017 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$68.00 USD - Hardback
$68.00 USD - Electronic book text
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The Fiction of Narrative

Hayden White - edited and with an introduction by Robert Doran
Jun 2010 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$65.00 USD - Hardback
$33.00 USD - Paperback / softback

History

John Higham
Aug 1989 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$31.00 USD - Paperback / softback