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Terra e mare. Una riflessione sulla storia del mondo

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Nel 1942, totalmente isolato nella Berlino in guerra, Carl Schmitt decide di scrivere per la figlia Anima questo singolare saggio in forma di racconto, in cui la storia del mondo viene riletta nella prospettiva di una opposizione fondamentale, quella tra terra e mare. Non si tratta soltanto di due elementi, di due forze naturali, di due spazi vitali che determinano la vita ...more
Published 2002 by Adelphi (first published 1942)
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Frederik Vandelannoote
Dit boekje is zeer aangenaam om te lezen, maar er staat weinig nieuwe ideeën in. Het boekje vertelt het relaas van de evolutie van de mens als landrot naar zeevaarder. Een "zeemacht" heeft altijd bestaan, denk aan Cartago tegenover een landmacht als Rome, maar de "zeemacht" werd met Engeland pas echt "zeemacht" na de ontdekking van de zee als nieuwe dimensie in filosofische/geopolitiek/religieus vlak. Schmitt ziet de opkomst van kapitalisme/calvinisme/internationalisme/...als de noodzakelijke pr ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carl Schmitt was a great reader of literature. He says that 'Moby-Dick' is the greatest maritime epic since Homer's Odyssey. I immediately pored over Moby-Dick, and by God it is indeed!
Paul O'Leary
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the new Telos edition of this work with introductory essays. Apparently this edition hasn't made it to Goodreads yet. This is a long essay-most of Schmitt's books aren't much longer than essays when subtracting his signature elaborate apparatuses-with virtually no footnotes by the author-plenty by the translator, though. Schmitt is at his most whimsical here; his sources appear to be few, yet his imagination expansive. His discussion of piracy may be almost completely drawn from a single bo ...more
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This book is translated by Simona Draghici. Since it is out of print I will summarize its twenty sections and give my thoughts at the end.

Myth and History

The text begins with the epigraph 'As told to my daughter Anima'. When we begin to read, we wonder if we are reading a fairy tale. And it does begin that way. We learn that Man is a terrestrial being. Earth is represented as our mother in innumerable myths. So it seems that it is only the first of the ancient four ancient e
Joseph Hirsch
Schmitt's essay at the center of this short book is fascinating, but the asides (especially the orthographic ones) injected throughout the text are distracting. I understand that some of the footnotes might be necessary for those not fluent in German, but what was really irritating is that words and concepts that didn't seem to merit much of an aside got a sometimes comically long one, whereas concepts that don't translate well, and really do require some explanation, went unaddressed.

As to the
John Smith
Fantastic, short, readable, even **fun** narrative of world history understood as a conflict between land powers and sea powers. This was Schmitt in the middle of his career, embarrassed by his opportunistic and misguided flirtation with Nazi totalitarianism, reinventing himself as only a genius could.
If you take into account that this was written after Haushofer and Mackinder (never mind Ratzel and some minor XIX century authors), this is quite weak. Seems like geopolitics wasn't Schmitt's strong side.
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Carl Schmitt's early career as an academic lawyer falls into the last years of the Wilhelmine Empire. (See for Schmitt's life and career: Bendersky 1983; Balakrishnan 2000; Mehring 2009.) But Schmitt wrote his most influential works, as a young professor of constitutional law in Bonn and later in Berlin, during the Weimar-period: Political Theology, presenting Schmitt's theory of sovereignty, appe ...more
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“Every fundamental order is a spatial order. One speaks of the constitution of a country or a piece of earth as of its fundamental order, its Nomos. Now, the true, actual fundamental order touches in its essential core upon particular spatial boundaries and separations, upon particular quantities and a particular partition of the earth. At the beginning of every great epoch there stands a great land-appropriation. In particular, every significant alteration and every resituating of the image of the earth is bound up with world-political alterations and with a new division of the earth, with a new land-appropriation.” 0 likes
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