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The Rhythm of Eternity: The German Youth Movement and the Experience of the Past, 1900-1933

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The Rhythm of Eternity

The German Youth Movement and the Experience of the Past, 1900-1933

Robbert-Jan Adriaansen

228 pages, 4 illus., 1 table, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-768-8 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (July 2015)

ISBN  978-1-78920-850-4 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (July 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78238-769-5 eBook

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“With The Rhythm of Eternity Robert-Jan Adriaansen has written a fascinating book. [He] sheds new light on the middle-class youth movement, making visible the emergence of a new discussion about the consequences of alternative notions of time for a modern democratic society that perhaps contributes to a deeper understanding of the youth movement than the familiar and to be expected discussions along familiar political divisions. The book deserves a broad readership that is also interested in contemporary-historical issues.” · Mitteilungen des Archivs der Arbeiterjugendbewegung

“…an important book for German history and for historical theory more generally, and Adriaansen’s points about reimagining modernity (and its historicist underpinnings) and the many experiments therewith in the 1920s make this book a worthy addition to the graduate seminar syllabus and the libraries of those interested in historical consciousness.” · Germany History

“… an original and insightful account of the Wandervogel and Bündische Jugend…[Adriaansen] brings discernment and empathy to his interpretation of the individual and collective testimonies from the Youth Movement.”  ·  Marjorie Lamberti, Middlebury College

“This is an imaginative and important manuscript. One does not encounter what one necessarily expects. One does not find what one already knows necessarily confirmed….I learned to see the youth movement, which I have worked on for many years now in one way or another, in a new light.”  ·  Thomas A. Kohut, Williams College

“This study is the perfect combination of theoretical insights and empirical research, and sheds a new light on the significance of the German Youth Movement, the Wandervogel and the Conservative Revolution in Germany.”  ·  F.W. Boterman, University of Amsterdam


The Weimar era in Germany is often characterized as a time of significant change. Such periods of rupture transform the way people envision the past, present, and future. This book traces the conceptions of time and history in the Germany of the early 20th century. By focusing on both the discourse and practices of the youth movement, the author shows how it reinterpreted and revived the past to overthrow the premises of modern historical thought. In so doing, this book provides insight into the social implications of the ideological de-historicization of the past.

Robbert-Jan Adriaansen is an assistant professor in the theory of history and historical culture at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on conceptions of time and history in modern, especially German, history.

Subject: History: 20th Century to PresentSociology
Area: Germany


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