By Matthew Levinger
The e-book has very important implications for figuring out either next German background and the background of nationalism as a rule. the writer exhibits that the so-called authoritarian traits in Prussia's political tradition resulted from its designated reaction to the demanding situations of the French Revolution and Napoleonic period, instead of from the endurance of premodern cultural or socioeconomic styles. Likewise, via displaying how nationalist activists drew at the cultural legacy of the Enlightenment, Levinger demonstrates that German nationalism can't be understood as a uniquely pathological political phenomenon.
Inspired via contemporary paintings exploring the position of discourse in ancient switch, the e-book analyzes how the note "nation" functioned in day by day debates and the way this restricted and formed political strategies. Enlightened nationalism produced a combined legacy: it promoted the reform of the schooling approach, renowned participation in neighborhood self-government, and administrative explanation. however it additionally ended in exaggerated fears of political dissent, reinforcing the authority of the monarchical kingdom and inhibiting the formation of a colourful method of parliamentary rule.
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Enlightened Nationalism: The Transformation of Prussian Political Culture, 1806-1848 by Matthew Levinger