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The Victorian Eighteenth CenturyAn Intellectual History$
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B.W. Young

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256228

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256228.001.0001

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Carlyle, Friedrich, and the ‘Bastard Heroic’

Carlyle, Friedrich, and the ‘Bastard Heroic’

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(p.38) 2 Carlyle, Friedrich, and the ‘Bastard Heroic’
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The Victorian Eighteenth Century
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B. W. Young

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256228.003.0003

This chapter explores Thomas Carlyle's portrayal of Frederick the Great. It is argued that Carlyle's heroic portrait of Frederick the Great allowed him to construct and indulge a nostalgic politics from afar. Whereas The French Revolution acquired a mass of readers and devotees, the work on Frederick was never to achieve anything like the same popularity; readers had grown tired of Carlyle's explorations of the 18th century.

Keywords:   Thomas Carlyle, Frederick the Great, The French Revolution, 18th century

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