Felix Rösch
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The silent presence
Germany in American post-war International Relations
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After the Second World War, the German roots of scholars who were forced to leave Germany during the 1930s and found refuge in the US became forgotten. Their scholarship was no longer situated in the liberal democratic milieu of Weimar Germany that upheld humanistic educational ideals and was sympathetically critical to Marxist thought, but was connected to an American liberalism turned idealism that lacked the intellectual modesty and self-reflexivity that the Weimar version argued for. In other words, emigres had turned into ‘hyper-Americans’ for their peers and IR at large. The intention of this chapter is to investigate the processes that led to this ‘silencing’. How was it possible that their German intellectual socialisation that continued to inform their political thought became overlooked and indeed no longer even realised? It is argued that German emigres and American IR constitute a case of successful integration.

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