The Ineffable Conservative Revolution: The Crisis of Language as a Motive for Weimar's Radical Right

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This article by Center for Right Wing Studies visiting scholar Eliah Bures provides a new look at Weimar Germany's Conservative Revolution by exploring its suspicion of conceptual and discursive language. It argues that Conservative Revolutionaries not only disdained intellectualism and public discourse; they also extolled their presumed opposites—instinct, intuition, self-evidence—as crucial ingredients in an “ineffable nationalism” which held that a true nation is based on unexpressed or difficult-to-articulate feelings and values.

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