Über den Autor
Emil Ludwig (originally named Emil Cohn) was born in Breslau, now part of Poland. Born into a Jewish family, he was raised as a non-Jew but was not baptized. "Many persons have become Jews since Hitler," he said. "I have been a Jew since the murder of Walther Rathenau [in 1922], from which date I have emphasized that I am a Jew." Ludwig studied law but chose writing as a career. At first he wrote plays and novellas, also working as a journalist. In 1906, he moved to Switzerland, but, during World War I, he worked as a foreign correspondent for the Berliner Tageblatt in Vienna and Istanbul. He became a Swiss citizen in 1932, later emigrating to the United States in 1940.
This is Emil Ludwig's 1941 book, "The Germans: Double History of A Nation". A history of the German people rather than of Germany itself, this fascinating volume offers a unique insight into the spirit and personality of the Germans, and is highly recommended for those with an interest in European history. Contents include: "The Dreams of World Domination, from Charlemange to Gutenberg (800-1500)", "Struggle for the Creed, from Luther to Kepler (1500-1650)", "Schism of State and Spirit, from the Great Elector to Goethe (1650-1800)", "World-Citizens and Nationalists, from Beethoven to Bismarck", etc. Emil Ludwig (1881-1948) was a German writer famous for his biographies of great historical figures. Many classic books such as this are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.