Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2008.
Book — xiii, 338 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Oxford and Heidelberg in their national contexts
Transnational nationalists : Anglo-German life at Oxford and Heidelberg
Of oars and rapiers : militarism and nationalism
Student sexuality at Oxford and Heidelberg
No long history, no proud tradition? women at the two universities
Anti-semitism and attitudes towards foreigners.
At once a book about Oxford and Heidelberg universities and about the character of European society on the eve of World War I, "Our Friend "The Enemy"" challenges the idea that pre-1914 Europe was bound to collapse. Weber brings Britain and Germany's preeminent universities and playgrounds for political and social elites back to life to reconsider whether any truth is left in the old contrast between British liberalism and German illiberalism. He questions new interpretations that use a cultural history brush to paint pre-1914 Britain in just as gloomy a light as Imperial Germany and argues that militarist nationalism and European transnationalism were not mutually exclusive concepts. Finally, he demonstrates that the belief that Europeans were eagerly awaiting a cataclysmic remaking of the world they were inhabiting is a result of a tendency to read pre-1914 history backwards as the prehistory of the two world wars. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780804700146 20160528