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Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation. RSennett (2013), p. 119

December 16, 2013

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“These were ideas, based on research into arcane documents of court life in the early modern period, that as an academic student in the 1920s [Norbert] Elias didn’t quite know what to do with. The advent of the Nazi regime drove him out of Germany and eventually to Britain, where he remained for many decades, The Nazi earthquake made clearer to him the consequences of his student work: when shame breaks down as a self-governor, so does civilized behaviour; the Nazis knew no personal shame which might restrain their inner beast. The historical story the young Elias charted now seemed to illuminate the horrors of the present.”

[op. cit., p. 119]

Manuel J. Matos‘s insight:

Some things keep creeping up, even when we try to forget about them …

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