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Montesquieu and His Legacy
Montesquieu and His Legacy (November 2008)
Rebecca E. Kingston - Editor

Essays on Montesquieu and the influence of his thought from the eighteenth century to today.

Montesquieu (1689–1755) is regarded as one of the most important thinkers of the Enlightenment. His Lettres persanes and L’Esprit des lois have been read by students and scholars throughout the last two centuries. While many have associated Montesquieu with the doctrine of the “separ...(Read More)

 
 
The Paradoxes of Nationalism
The Paradoxes of Nationalism (January 2007)
The French Revolution and Its Meaning for Contemporary Nation Building
Chimene I. Keitner - Author

An interdisciplinary study of nationalism drawing on the events of the French Revolution.

The Paradoxes of Nationalism explores a critical stage in the development of the principle of national self-determination: the years of the French Revolution, during which the idea of the nation was fused with that of self-government. While scholars and historians routinely cite the French Revolution as the origin of nat...(Read More)
 
 
Slavophile Thought and the Politics of Cultural Nationalism
Slavophile Thought and the Politics of Cultural Nationalism (July 2006)
Susanna Rabow-Edling - Author


Examines the origins of Russian nationalism and its relationship to the West.

Susanna Rabow-Edling examines the first theory of the Russian nation, formulated by the Slavophiles in the second quarter of the nineteenth century, and its relationship to the West. Using cultural nationalism as a tool for understanding Slavophile thinking, she argues that a Russian national identity was not shaped in opp...(Read More)
 
 
Biondo Flavio's Italia Illustrata
Biondo Flavio's Italia Illustrata (January 2005)
Text, Translation and Commentary, Volume 1: Northern Italy
Catherine J. Castner - Author

An English translation of Biondo Flavio’s Italia Illustrata, with commentary.

In 1447 Alfonso of Aragon, King of Naples, engaged the humanist antiquarian Biondo Flavio to compose in Latin a catalogue of famous men of Italy. This commission became Italia Illustrata, the first historical topography. In it, Biondo superimposed upon Italy’s classical heritage and her troubled medie...(Read More)
 
 
Quixotism
Quixotism (December 2004)
The Imaginative Denial of Spain's Loss of Empire
Christopher Britt Arredondo - Author

Exposes the cultural roots of Spanish fascism.

Quixotism
explores how a group of Spanish intellectuals, writing during the time of Restoration Spain (1876–1931), incorporated the figure of Don Quixote into an on-going debate on Spanish national and imperial decadence and used this figure to promote a nationalistic and jingoistic formula for national-imperial regeneration. Commonly known as the Generation of '98,...(Read More)
 
 
Margins of Disorder
Margins of Disorder (August 2004)
New Liberalism and the Crisis of European Consciousness
Gal Gerson - Author

Traces how progressive liberals in Edwardian Britain responded to contemporary intellectual trends.

British liberalism in the period between 1870 and 1930 was a product of an era known for its intellectual crisis. During the late nineteenth century, the cohesion of reason and enlightenment was questioned in fields ranging from psychology, sociology, philosophy, biology, philology, and archaeology. In Margins of Disord...(Read More)
 
 
Alchemist of the Avant-Garde
Alchemist of the Avant-Garde (June 2003)
The Case of Marcel Duchamp
John F. Moffitt - Author

A fascinating book demonstrating the influence of alchemy and esoteric traditions on the mature art of Marcel Duchamp.

Acknowledged as the "Artist of the Century," Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) left a legacy that dominates the art world to this day. Inventing the ironically dégagé attitude of "ready-made" art-making, Duchamp heralded the postmodern era and replaced Pablo Pica...(Read More)
 
 
Sarajevo Essays
Sarajevo Essays (January 2003)
Politics, Ideology, and Tradition
Rusmir Mahmutcehajic - Author

Draws on the Bosnian situation to argue for a reconciliation between modernity and tradition.
One of Bosnia’s leading intellectuals explains the Bosnian experience by critiquing the politics and ideology that brought about the great destruction—both material and spiritual—of Bosnia and Herzegovina. These incisive and theologically profound essays address the confrontation between the West and Islam as the author explores the realm of hum...(Read More)
 
 
Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Louis Prieur, Revolutionary Artists
Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Louis Prieur, Revolutionary Artists (October 1999)
The Public, the Populace, and Images of the French Revolution
Warren Roberts - Author

A comparative study of the French Revolution's most famous artist and a little-known illustrator.

By offering a comparative study of Jacques-Louis David, the most famous artist of the French Revolution, and Jean-Louis Prieur, a little-known illustrator, this book tracks the political careers of the two artists and offers new insights to the relationship between the arts and the politics of the French Revolution.

"By using the co...(Read More)
 
 
Birth of a National Icon
Birth of a National Icon (May 1999)
The Literary Avant-Garde and the Origins of the Intellectual in France
Venita Datta - Author

Examines the rise of the intellectual in fin-de-siecle France, setting this important phenomenon against the backdrop of an emerging mass democracy and concentrating on the key role played by the avant-garde.
Birth of a National Icon examines the emergence of the intellectual in fin-de-siecle France, setting this important phenomenon against the backdrop of an emerging mass democracy and concentrating on the key role played by the ...(Read More)
 
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