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Arthur Moeller van den Bruck (April 23, 1876 – May 30, 1925) was a German cultural historian and writer, best known for his controversial 1923 book Das Dritte Reich (The Third Reich), which promoted German nationalism and was a strong influence on the Conservative Revolutionary movement and later the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. He did not support the party, however. From 1906 to 1922, he also published Elisabeth Kaerrick’s first full German translation of Dostoyevsky’s works.
In his 1918 book Das Recht der jungen Völker (“The Right Of Young Nations”), Moeller van den Bruck presents a version of the Sonderweg theory, in which he developed the theme of Russia as representing Communist civilization and the United States representing capitalist civilization, both of which are rejected. Germany is held up as the model between the two extremes. In the same book, Moeller van den Bruck advocated an expressly anti-Western and anti-imperialist philosophy of the state (Staatstheorie), which attempted to bridge the gap between nationalism and concepts of social justice.
He had a major influence on the Jungkonservativen (Young Conservatives) in their opposition to the Weimar Republic. He may have also supplied the Nazis with some of the concepts underpinning their movement, though upon meeting Hitler in 1922, Bruck rejected him for his “proletarian primitiveness”. The Nazis still made use of his ideas where they could, including appropriating the title of his 1923 book Das Dritte Reich (meaning “The Third Reich”) as a political slogan and the Germanic Übermensch idea.