(R)Evolution: From Edelleute to Edelmenschen – Bertha von Suttner’s Pathway to Peace

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Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, ISSN: 0037-1939, Vol: 50, Issue: 1, Page: 34-50

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Morris-Keitel, Helen G.
University of Toronto Press Inc. (UTPress)
Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences; Bertha von Suttner; Peace; gender; history; war aesthetics; European Languages and Societies; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; German Literature; Women's Studies
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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.