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Through an analysis of the works of the Berlin Aufklärer Friedrich Gedike, Friedrich Nicolai, G. E. Lessing, and Moses Mendelssohn, Matt Erlin shows how the rapid changes occurring in Prussia's newly minted metropolis challenged these intellectuals to engage in precisely the kind of nuanced thinking about history that has come to be seen as characteristic of the German Enlightenment. The author's demonstration of Berlin's historical-theoretical significance also provides perspective on the larger question of the city's impact on eighteenth-century German culture. Challenging the widespread idea that German intellectuals were anti-urban, the study reveals the extent to which urban sociability came to be seen by some as a problematic but crucial factor in the realization of their Enlightenment aims.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. Cover
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  1. Half-title
  2. p. iii
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  1. Series Note
  2. p. iv
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Note on the Translations
  2. p. xi
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  1. Berlin’s Forgotten Future: City, History, and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Germany
  2. p. xiii
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  1. 1. City, History, Enlightenment
  2. pp. 1-36
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  1. 2. Fashion, Progress, and the Multiple Futures of Late Eighteenth-Century Berlin
  2. pp. 37-57
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  1. 3. Urban Exegesis in the Works of Friedrich Nicolai
  2. pp. 64-94
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  1. 4. Aesthetic Experience and Urban Enlightenment in G. E. Lessing’s Minna von Barnhelm
  2. pp. 97-131
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  1. 5. Moses Mendelssohn and the Philosophy of the City
  2. pp. 132-164
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  1. Conclusion: Metropolis, Hybridity, and Historical Consciousness
  2. pp. 166-175
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  1. Notes
  2. p. 177
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 201-209
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469657486
Related ISBN
9781469614632
MARC Record
OCLC
1155219688
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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