Harden, Maximilian mäk˝sēmē´lyän här´dən [key], 1861–1927, German journalist, whose real name was Witkowski. One of the leading publicists of his time, he was an admirer of Bismarck . After Bismarck's fall he used his own paper, the Zukunft, to attack the men surrounding William II , and in World War I he censured the military leaders. Later he sharply criticized the statesmen of the German republic. Essentially Harden was a popular journalist appealing to mass prejudices and beliefs. Among his many books are Germany, France, and England (tr. 1924) and I Meet My Contemporaries (tr. 1925).
See biography by H. F. Young (1959).
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