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The sheer international scope of Nietzsche's influence in the twentieth century invites such questions, however, for his philosophy had a deep impact not only in Germany and America but throughout the European continent, including France, Austria, Spain, and Italy as well as Russia, Britain, and Scandinavia. 11 The American Nietzsche reception set against the broader historiography of his international reception demonstrates how many dominant features of the American uses of Nietzsche an philosophy-in par- INTRODUCTION ticular, interest in his rejection of Christian altruism and asceticism, bourgeois liberalism, the ethics of economic collectivism, democratic, socialist, and feminist egalitarianism-were common features of transnational Nietzsche interpretations.

In a letter to his publisher asking for his assistance in facilitating Knortz's propaganda, he speculated about the value of securing a readership across the Atlantic. "72 Though Nietzsche liked the image of himself as an intellectual nomad, and though he long ago decided that the thinker without foundations must go not only without compass or guide, but also without a final destination, his desire for freedom never fully subdued his longing for an intellectual home. He knew from his own experiences that a feeling of refuge-while fleeting-is necessary even for the free spirit.

Who had studied under William James, Josiah Royce, and George Santayana, 19 later recalled his days as a postdoctoral student at the University of Berlin: "It was quite the usual thing to observe the German student enter the class room with a small volume under his arm, which he would open whenever the lecture failed to interest him. In every case, it was a volume of Nietzsche. "20 Because few academic philosophers had taken Nietzsche into serious consideration, young Americans like Bakewell and Urban who learned about him while studying abroad in the closing years of the nineteenth century did so either by hearing German friends toss his name around in a smoke-filled Kaffeehaus, stumbling across one of his books in a secondhand bookshop, 34 THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN NIETZSCHE or seeing a well-worn copy of his Zarathustra peeking out of the pockets of their classmates' leather Schultaschen.

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