Land and Sea: A World-Historical Meditation

JMC Fellow Samuel Garrett Zeitlin (UC, Berkeley) provides a new translation of Carl Schmitt’s Land and Sea: A World-Historical Meditation. The volume is co-edited by Zeitlin and Stanford University’s Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities Russell A. Berman.

Originally published in 1942, at the height of the Second World War, Land and Sea: A World-Historical Meditation recounts Carl Schmitt’s view of world history “as a history of the battles of sea powers against land powers and of land powers against sea powers.” Schmitt here unfolds his view of world history from the Peloponnesian War to European colonial expansion to the birth pangs of capitalism, while polemically setting Nazi Germany as a continental land power against Britain and the United States as its maritime enemies. In Land and Sea, Schmitt offers his interpretations of the rise of Venice, piracy, “corsair capitalism,” the spatial revolution of European colonial expansion, the rise of the British empire, and his readings of thinkers as diverse as Seneca, Shakespeare, Herman Melville, and Benjamin Disraeli.

This new and authorized edition from Telos Press Publishing, translated by Samuel Garrett Zeitlin and edited by Zeitlin and Russell A. Berman, includes extensive textual annotations that compare critical variations between the original 1942 edition of Land and Sea and the subsequent editions published in 1954 and 1981.

Land and Sea: A World-Historical Meditation is available for purchase here.