German occultism escapes the shadow of Nazism: Corinna Treitel, A Science for the Soul: Occultism and the Genesis of the German Modern

Wolffram, Heather (2005) German occultism escapes the shadow of Nazism: Corinna Treitel, A Science for the Soul: Occultism and the Genesis of the German Modern. Metascience, 14 3: 493-496. doi:10.1007/s11016-005-3459-8


Author Wolffram, Heather
Title German occultism escapes the shadow of Nazism: Corinna Treitel, A Science for the Soul: Occultism and the Genesis of the German Modern
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German occultism escapes the shadow of Nazism: Corinna Treitel, A Science for the Soul: Occultism and the Genesis of the German Modern.
Journal name Metascience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0815-0796
1467-9981
Publication date 2005-12
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
DOI 10.1007/s11016-005-3459-8
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 493
End page 496
Total pages 4
Editor S. Psillos
T. Arabatzis
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Kluwer
Language eng
Subject 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
Formatted abstract
In A Science for the Soul Treitel is successful in proving that German occultism was not a cultural atavism, but a movement intimately connected with modernism in its psychological, artistic and commercial forms. Occultism’s attraction for Germans from across the social and political spectrum, she makes clear, was the way in which it enabled them to engage with and critique modernism. Treitel’s emphasis on the malleability and application of occultism also provides a much clearer picture of the ideological and political affinities of the occult movement in Germany. The relationship between Nazism and occultism that once dominated historiography in this field gives way here to a far more complex and interesting history in which Germans’ reactions to the problems and possibilities of modern life are explored. For these reasons Treitel’s work is not only invaluable as a source on occultism in the German context, but compelling reading for those with an interest in the history of modernism and psychology. This impeccably researched and readable book is a welcome addition both to the history of science and the social and cultural history of Germany.
© Springer 2006
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Additional Notes Subtitle: "Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. Pp. x + 366. US$46.95 HB."

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