More Options About "A deeply engaging and luminous introduction to the life and love story of a remarkable woman. But most readers have no idea that Oswald Chambers's most famous work was not published until ten years after his death. The remarkable person behind its compilation and publication was his wife, Biddy. Refusing personal payment, Biddy published thirty books with her husband's name on the covers, all while raising a child alone, providing hospitality to a never-ending stream of visitors and missionaries, and nearly losing everything in the London Blitz during WWII.
His father, who had originally been a mining technician and came from a long line of mineworkers, was an official in the German postal bureaucracy, and he provided his family with a simple but comfortable middle class home. The young Oswald never enjoyed the best of health, and suffered from migraine headaches that were to plague him all his life.
He also had an anxiety complex, though he was not without grandiose thoughts -- which because of his frail constitution had to be acted out in daydreams only. When he was ten the family moved to the university city of Halle. Here Spengler received a classical Gymnasium education, studying Greek, Latin, mathematics and natural sciences.
Here too he developed his strong affinity for the arts -- especially poetry, drama, and music. He tried his hand at some youthful artistic creations of his own, a few of which have survived -- they are indicative of a tremendous enthusiasm but not much else.
At this time also he came under the influence of Goethe and Nietzsche, two figures whose importance to Spengler the youth and the man cannot be overestimated.
In accordance with German student-custom of the time, after a year he proceeded to other universities, first Berlin and then Halle. His main courses of study were in the classical cultures, mathematics, and the physical sciences. His university education was financed in large part by a legacy from a deceased aunt.
His doctoral dissertation at Halle was on Heraclitus, the "dark philosopher" of ancient Greece whose most memorable line was "War is the Father of all things. However, he passed a second examination inand then set to writing the secondary dissertation necessary to qualify as a high school teacher.
It was approved, and Spengler received his teaching certificate. He taught mathematics, physical sciences, history, and German literature, and by all accounts was a good and conscientious instructor. But his heart was not really in it, and when in the opportunity presented itself for him to "go his own way" his mother had died and left him an inheritance that guaranteed him a measure of financial independencehe took it, and left the teaching profession for good.
He began the writing of a book of observations on contemporary politics whose idea had preoccupied him for some time. Originally to be titled Conservative and Liberal, it was planned as an exposition and explanation of the current trends in Europe -- an accelerating arms race, Entente "encirclement" of Germany, a succession of international crises, increasing polarity of the nations -- and where they were leading.
However in late he was suddenly struck by the notion that the events of the day could only be interpreted in "global" and "total-cultural" terms.
He saw Europe as marching off to suicide, a first step toward the final demise of European culture in the world and in history. The Great War of only confirmed in his mind the validity of a thesis already developed. His planned work kept increasing in scope far, far beyond the original bounds.
Spengler had tied up most of his money in foreign investments, but the war had largely invalidated them, and he was forced to live out the war years in conditions of genuine poverty. Nevertheless he kept at his work, often writing by candle-light, and in was ready to publish.
He encountered great difficulty in finding a publisher, partly because of the nature of the work, partly because of the chaotic conditions prevailing at the time.
However in the summer ofcoincident with the German collapse, finally appeared the first volume of The Decline of the West, subtitled Form and Actuality. Publishing Success To no little surprise on the part of both Spengler and his publisher, the book was an immediate and unprecedented success.
It offered a rational explanation for the great European disaster, explaining it as part of an inevitable world-historic process. German readers especially took it to heart, but the work soon proved popular throughout Europe and was quickly translated into other languages.
Professional historians, however, took great umbrage at this pretentious work by an amateur Spengler was not a trained historianand their criticisms -- particularly of numerous errors of fact and the unique and unapologetic "non-scientific" approach of the author -- filled many pages.TCM Diary: Gerd Oswald.
By Nick Pinkerton on August 11, Crime of Passion Oswald was a household name neither during his life nor afterward, so an introduction is probably in order.
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Translation of a work by a French author critical of the Warren Commission initiativeblog.coms: 8. Oswald Spengler: An Introduction to his Life and Ideas by Keith Stimely Oswald Spengler was born in Blankenburg (Harz) in central Germany in , the eldest of four children, and the only boy.
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