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Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. Warum Krieg? [Why War?]

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Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. Warum Krieg? [Why War?]

FINE BOOKS. Paris, 1933. The famous exchange on the root causes of war by two of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century.

Price: $2,000

In 1932, Albert Einstein, invited by the League of Nations to address a letter on any subject to any individual, chose to correspond with Sigmund Freud on the possibilities of avoiding war. Einstein maintained the importance of establishing an independent judiciary body to mediate conflicts. Freud agreed with this idea but also insisted “ …that there is no likelihood of our being able to suppress humanity’s aggressive tendencies,” and that war is the ultimate expression of man’s distaste for the restraints of civilization.

By the time of publication, Hitler had risen to power and the world moved closer each day toward a global conflict. Einstein, the committed pacifist, had resigned from the League of Nations over its inability to confront Nazi militarism. In October of 1933 he began his tenure at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey.

Why War? was translated into multiple languages but this is the true First Edition.

(FREUD-EINSTEIN) Warum Krieg? [Why War?] Albert Einstein und Sigmund Freud. Paris: Internationales Institut Fur Geistige Zusammenarbeit Volkerbund, 1933. 62pp. original printed wrappers. Slight tanning toward page edges; wrappers darkened at spine and edges, with light wear to extremities. Very Good Condition.

FIRST EDITION limited to 2000 printed copies.

Limitation page of Warum Krieg? [Why War?]