Matthew Levinger's Enlightened Nationalism: The Transformation of Prussian PDF

By Matthew Levinger

Enlightened Nationalism presents the 1st synthesis in English of Prussian political tradition from the Napoleonic period to the Revolution of 1848. Matthew Levinger demanding situations the traditional concept that Prussia lagged at the back of Western Europe in its political improvement, demonstrating that Prussian leaders embraced a particular application of political modernization in accordance with their country's defeat by way of Napoleon in 1806-1807. construction at the eighteenth-century culture of enlightened absolutism, Prussian leaders tried to unite a rationalized monarchy with a politically energetic "nation," hence mobilizing the population to withstand the French oppressors. the hot tradition of "enlightened nationalism" prompted the political conception and software of either liberals and conservatives in nineteenth-century Prussia.

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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