"That theory of races" Henri Pirenne on the unfinished business of the great war

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Abstract

In November 1919, the Belgian medievalist Henri Pirenne interpreted wartime Germany as an empire led astray by a "pernicious race theory," which continued to sway postwar German perspectives. This article argues that Pirenne was correct in criticising Weimar-era essentialism and links the völkisch perspective to the German military occupations of the First World War.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-552
Number of pages20
JournalBelgisch Tijdschrift voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis/ Revue Belge de Histoire Contemporaine
Volume41
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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