Sacrifice in the Modern World

Cloth Text – $34.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-2816-3
Publication Date
September 2012
Page Count
184 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Sacrifice in the Modern World

On the Particularity and Generality of Nazi Myth

A landmark book, David Pan’s Sacrifice in the Modern World seeks to explain the continuing emphasis, in modern times, on sacrifice. Pan specifically turns to the culture of sacrifice—ritualized and sanctified death—in Nazi Germany, showing how that regime co-opted an existing discussion of sacrifice and infused it with its own mythology. Pan suggests that sacrifice is a key value in every society but that there is a preponderance of association of sacrifice with Nazi culture and therefore a largely pejorative treatment of sacrifice.

About the Author

David Pan is Associate Professor of German, University of California, Irvine.


"Sacrifice in the Modern World is an extremely exciting work—pathbreaking, bold, and comprehensive—and a major contribution to the fields of German studies, aesthetic theory, and cultural theory. There's a lot at stake here, involving the question of sacrifice and the interpretation of German history as well as in the many rich building blocks of the argument that discuss Kant, Nietzsche, Adorno, Bataille, and Girard. It will be received in the intellectual world as both a major theoretical statement and an insightful treatment of a specific historical moment and its cultural sources." —Russell A. Berman, Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University