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How Can a War Be Holy? Weimar Attitudes Toward Eastern Spirituality

  • Tom Neuhaus
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Part of the Studies in European Culture and History book series (SECH)

Abstract

By the beginning of the twentieth century, most areas of the globe had been explored by travelers from Europe. There was, however, one region in the heart of Asia that Europeans had attended to only very sporadically: Tibet. Yet there was an ever-growing drive to explore the culture and environment of this alien country from the first half of the nineteenth century onward. A German geography textbook explained in 1931:

The rule of the priests over the land explains its isolation; for they feed the fanatical dislike of the “foreign devils” amongst the people. But it seems that even the state of the lamas cannot close its borders for all eternity. For centuries Tibet has belonged to China in name, but it has been situated as a buffer state between the Russian and English Empires. At the moment the English have a certain influence in this elevated country, and in 1922 a telegraph line was even installed between India and Lhasa.1

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Jewish Community Weimar Republic Shopping Street Eastern Religion Deep Truth 
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