(R)evolution: From Edelleute to Edelmenschen – Bertha von Suttner’s Pathway to Peace
Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies
Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
This article explores Bertha von Suttner's concept of the Edelmensch (noble human being) as depicted in her anti-war novel, Lay Down Your Arms. It shows how central the bellicose nation-state was to the identities – national, social, and gender – of Suttner's peers and the ways in which she attempts to help them rethink their identities. It also shows her indebtedness to the little-known English historian, Thomas Henry Buckle.
Morris-Keitel, Helen G.. "(R)evolution: From Edelleute to Edelmenschen – Bertha von Suttner’s Pathway to Peace." Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 50, no. 1 (2014) : 34-50.