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The End

Malcolm Bull, 11 March 1993

Posthistoire: Has History Come to an End? 
by Lutz Niethammer, translated by Patrick Camiller.
Verso, 176 pp., £19.95, January 1993, 0 86091 395 3
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When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture 
by Paul Boyer.
Harvard, 488 pp., £23.95, September 1992, 9780674951280
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... small voice of Kant, arguing for progress. Neither ‘The Blown-Away Angel’, the chapter of Lutz Niethammer’s book devoted to Benjamin’s philosophy of history, nor what I have read of the proliferating literature on Benjamin’s angelology to which it refers, contains any discussion of the possibility that the angel of history might have a ...

The German Question

Perry Anderson: Goodbye to Bonn, 7 January 1999

... the East, if potentially explosive popular disappointments are to be avoided. The oral historian Lutz Niethammer, who now teaches in Jena, believes that beneath the surface calm of the first post-Communist generation of students, there is a deep suppressed rage at the way the official version of the past dismisses as completely worthless the world of ...

Confronting Defeat

Perry Anderson: Hobsbawm’s Histories, 17 October 2002

... of wealth and power is to conjure up a world close to the dictum coined, though not endorsed, by Lutz Niethammer: the rulers have ceased to rule, but the slaves remain slaves. Such a verdict is not Hobsbawm’s way of putting things, but it poses the relevant question: what is his view of 20th-century democracy? For here, of course, is the final – and ...

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