Death of Houston Stewart Chamberlain

Death of Houston Stewart Chamberlain

Houston Stewart Chamberlain
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Houston Stewart Chamberlain dies. Chamberlain was a naturalized German citizen and wrote the infamous book Die Grundlagen des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts (The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century).

This viciously anti-Semitic book argues that Western civilization has been largely defined by the work of Germans and that everything good about Western civilization can be traced to Germans. Everything bad in Western civilization and history, however, can be traced directly to the Jews.

In fact, Western civilization would have been destroyed had the Germanic tribes not conquered the Roman Empire, which was at the time being taken over by Jews. The idea that Germans had saved the West in the past through military conquest will prove influential to those who argued that Germany needed to do so again, though this time to destroy the Jewish-created ideology of Bolshevism.

The concept of race, and that a particular race can be inherently good or evil, plays a significant role here. Chamberlain's book will become massively influential in Germany, especially after World War I. Chamberlain even argued that while Jesus may have been part of the Jewish religion, he wasn't Jewish by race.

This argument will be influential with Germans trying to develop an "Aryan Christianity" during the Nazi era.

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