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The Barbarism of Berlin

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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published May 2000)
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Dale
G.K. Chesterton's The Barbarism of Berlin is a lengthy essay (442 kindle "locations" or about 33 pages) defending the decision by the U.K. to join World War I and fight the Central Powers, Germany in particular.

It is a testament to Chesterton's powerful skills as a writer that I found myself agreeing with him so much because I've typically found World War I to have been one of the most extraordinary wastes of lives in the long history of a world that regularly wastes lives. Note that I do not
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John
Now that we possess the dual advantages of hindsight and the internet, it's easy to take Chesterton to task for constantly employing such broad ethnic stereotypes. It's also unfortunate that he uses certain racial buzzwords which were acceptable at the time but now come off as racist. Sure, the book is hopelessly dated, but Chesterton's exploration of the true meaning of "barbarism" is still relevant in the modern context of radical Islam and its proponents.
Sue Burke
I plan to read several books about World War I this year to commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of that dismal war fought with such great loss over so very little, and in the end with no lasting victory.

This book provides insight into the state of mind that fed the disaster. I like G.K. Chesterton, but he was swept into the bombast and chauvinism the same as anyone else. He expresses proper British hatred for the Germans and Prussians with entertaining brilliance. This fine piece of propa
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Frank Kelly
I had no idea Chesterton wrote such intense wartime essays as these. It's a short little book. - almost a very long essay - that withering blasts the Kaiser and the Germans as a nation and a culture. In many ways, it s an outright propaganda piece. But there are, as one finds with Chesterton, timeless gems such as this:

“Wherever the most miserable remnant of our race, astray and dried up in deserts, or buried for ever under the fall of bad civilisations, has some feeble memory that men are men,
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David Murphy
Chesterton describes the 'barbarism' of the Germans in their march up to WWI and the response of 'civilized' nations. By 'barbarism' he means something like intentional dishonesty and a view of one's self as being above the law. And of course if everyone thinks like that, then we are truly left with what we today think of as barbarism. Chesterton gives the example of Germany repeatedly making promises they they then break and then being shocked when England refuses to take their further promises ...more
Tyler
Read it in about an hour while sitting at the beach. Very intellectual but quite boring. I did like Chesterton's description of "barbarism."
Peter Roise
Chesterton's perspective on Germany between WWI and WWII is very interesting. Important source for someone interested in the history of this period.
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, fi ...more
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