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Becoming Historical: Cultural Reformation and Public Memory in Early Nineteenth-Century Berlin (Hardback)
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Becoming Historical: Cultural Reformation and Public Memory in Early Nineteenth-Century Berlin (Hardback)

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Hardback 492 Pages / Published: 16/08/2004
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This book examines the ways in which selfhood and cultural solidarity came to be understood and lived as historical identities during the 1800s. It examines the stages and conflicts in the process of 'becoming historical' through the works of prominent Prussian artists and intellectuals (Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Felix Mendelssohn, Jacob Grimm, Friedrich Karl von Savigny, Leopold von Ranke) who attached their personal visions to the reformist agenda of the Prussian regime that took power in 1840. The historical account of the evolution of analogous and inter-related commitments to a cultural reformation that would create communal solidarity through subjective identification with public memory is framed by the philosophical perspectives on historical selfhood provided by F. W. J. Schelling and his radical critics, Karl Marx and Soren Kierkegaard, thus drawing this story of building selves and communities in early nineteenth-century Berlin into debates about historical determined and contingently constructed identities.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521836487
Number of pages: 492
Weight: 780 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 32 mm


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Review of the hardback: 'In Becoming Historical, John Toews provides a challenging and thought-provoking reworking of the cultural and intellectual history of Berlin in the early nineteenth century. The analysis Toews offers is sophisticated, subtle and perceptive, providing new perspectives both on the 'old chestnuts' of German intellectual history and on the cultural politics of nationhood. It will undoubtedly emerge as a key text on the cultural and intellectual history of this period.' English Historical Review
"Advanced researchers and faculty with interests in 19th-century cultural, philosophical, and aesthetic traditions, especially in Germany, will appreciate this brilliant work. Essential." - CHOICE, D.R. Skopp, Plattsburgh SUNY
"Becoming Historical magnificently draws together the intellectual, cultural and political history of Prussia in the decades before 1848. For the first time, it is possible to discern the patterns and cross-currents which linked figures as diverse as Grimm, Mendelssohn, Ranke, Schinkel and Schelling. Without doubt, Becoming Historical will become a classic in its field." - Gareth Stedman Jones, King's College, Cambridge
"This formidably learned, analytically powerful, and intellectually challenging book illuminates the remarkable richness and enduring significance of cultural life in Berlin during the 1840s." - James J. Sheehan, Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University
"Carefully analyzing a wide variety of works produced by individuals with both intellectual influence and political clout, Toews has produced a magnificent portrait of the cultural politics of Prussia after the Restoration--and by doing so, has given us the tools to fully understand the historical and intellectual processes which gave rise to German historicism, the mechanisms by which it gained hegemony, and the reasons why its enemies--most notably Marx and Kierkegaard--so thoroughly despised it." - Suzanne L. Marchand, Department of History, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
"...beautifully researched and profoundly thoughtful book." -Dennis Sweeney, Histoire sociale/Social History

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