This English translation by Edmund Jephcott of the
Dutch De geschiedenis van Norbert Elias (Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1987) is
accompanied by a Biographical Interview with Norbert Elias, conducted by A. J.
Heerma van Voss & A. van Stolk. Elias's autobiographical account - Notes on
a Lifetime - is chiefly concerned with his academic & intellectual life,
& covers sociology's early days, the importance of his earlier studies in
medicine & philosophy to his outlook, his relationship with Alfred Weber
& Karl Mannheim, Jewish culture as having elements of both established &
outsider qualities, & the intellectual development of sociology as a process.
The interview (lasting 20 hours, in 7 sessions) is more concerned with Elias's
personal life & how his experiences shaped his ideas. He is queried on life
in Poland in the early part of the century, the ghettos, anti-Semitism &
pogroms, Germany, the Nazis, France, & postwar life in England & Ghana.
References are encompassed in Notes. Select Bibliog of 12 works. F. Shephard
source: Sociological Abstracts