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The German Myth of the East1800 to the Present$
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Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546312

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546312.001.0001

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Influences of Enlightenment and Romanticism, 1800–1820s

Influences of Enlightenment and Romanticism, 1800–1820s

(p.44) 3 Influences of Enlightenment and Romanticism, 1800–1820s
The German Myth of the East

Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter reveals the multivalent potential of Enlightenment ideas and Romantic orientations in German thinking about Eastern Europe in the early 19th century. The profoundly important message of Johann Gottfried Herder, often called the father of cultural nationalism, is analyzed, along with his articulation of cultural ambitions directed towards the East. At the same time, his sympathetic views of Slavs and Baltic peoples are juxtaposed with the antipathies expressed by other German Romantics, often read back into popular history. In the period after the 1815 Congress of Vienna, German liberal enthusiasm for the cause of Poland's independence, and the increasingly assertive counterargument, are illuminated.

Keywords:   Enlightenment, Germany, Herder, liberal enthusiasm, nationalism, Poland, Romanticism

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