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The Modernist God State: A Literary Study of the Nazis' Christian Reich (Hardback)
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The Modernist God State: A Literary Study of the Nazis' Christian Reich (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 24/05/2012
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The Modernist God State seeks to overturn the traditional secularization approach to intellectual and political history and to replace it with a fuller understanding of the religious basis of modernist political movements. Lackey demonstrates that Christianity, instead of fading after the Enlightenment, actually increased its power by becoming embedded within the concept of what was considered the legitimate nation state, thus determining the political agendas of prominent political leaders from King Leopold II to Hitler.

Lackey first argues that novelists can represent intellectual and political history in a way that no other intellectual can. Specifically, they can picture a subconscious ideology, which often conflicts with consciously held systems of belief, short-circuiting straight into political action, an idea articulated by E.M. Forster. Second, in contrast to many literary scholars who discuss Hitler and the Nazis without studying and quoting their texts, Lackey draws his conclusions from close readings of their writings. In doing so, he shows that one cannot understand the Nazis without taking into account the specific version of Christianity underwriting their political agenda.

Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 9781441125453
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 216 x 145 x 30 mm


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"Courageous, provocative and insightful, Michael Lackey's The Modernist God State sees through our ingrained but unearned assumption that 'true' Christianity is always and naturally benevolent. As he reveals, novelists often understood what political philosophers did not: that the twentieth-century was an age of faith, of subconscious, in-depth Christianization. This is a powerful and fascinatingly-researched account of how secularization stories have blinded us to the many forms of Christian violence in the modern period. Michael Lackey is the Richard Dawkins of Literary Criticism." - Christopher Douglas, Associate Professor of English, University of Victoria, Canada.
"From Lackey's opening argument about the centrality of the novel to human understanding and concepts of social order to his careful analysis of the role of religion in conceptualizing and justifying the Nazi world view, this is a provocative book. It is also deeply informed, fervently purposeful, and decidedly unsettling. A must read." -John Ernest, Interim Chair, Department of EnglishEberly Family Distinguished Professor, Department of English, West Virginia University and author of Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History
"Michael Lackey has given us a passionate, penetrating study of how the novelist (more than the philosopher or the social scientist) has illuminated the monstrous pairing of the Third Reich with Christianity." - James L. W. West III, Sparks Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University, USA, and author of William Styron: A Life (1998).

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