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Werner Kellogg & German Social Darwinism


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I was watching Andrew Marr's BBC documentary - Darwin's dangerous idea. Inevitably he touches on WW1, but an interesting aspect. 


Marr tells the story of Werner Kellogg a well connected US foreign aid worker who dined with the officers of the German high command most nights. Werner a pacifist was shocked at the extreme social Darwinist theories of the German Officers. Kellogg wrote a book of his experiences which was used in the US to lend support for declaring war on German. 

Kellogg's book 'Headquarters nights' is available free online here: 

Headquarter nights

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