Dying with an Enlightening Fall

Dying with an Enlightening Fall : Poland in the Eyes of German Intellectuals, 1764-1800

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Dying with an Enlightening Fall is a study of a critical but under-examined moment in German intellectual history. David Pickus encourages readers to discover the connections between the tumultuous events in Poland at the end of the eighteenth century and the critical self-perception of Germany's first generation of truly modern writers. At the same time that the Polish Republic of Nobles was annexed by its neighbors, the German Enlightenment reached its apex. Pickus claims that Poland's manifest failure to adapt to Europe's changing conditions, and its subsequent fall, made Poland a lesson in failure in the eyes of German thinkers. Poland allowed German intellectuals to formulate modern sensibilities; it became a necessary foil, defining what the modern age should be by what it was not.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 157.5 x 233.7 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739101536
  • 9780739101537
  • 2,090,957

About David Pickus

David Pickusis a Fellow in the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: What Is Polenliteratur and Why Study It? Chapter 2 Poland's Function Chapter 3 Poland's Dysfunction Chapter 4 Both and Neither: The Triumphs and Trials of Polenliteratur in the Mid-1790s Chapter 5 Joachim Christoph Friedrich Schulz and the Vice of Poland Chapter 6 Salomon Maimon: The Copernican Revolution's Sans Culottes Chapter 7 Johann Gottfried Seume: Political Indignation and Personal Resentment Chapter 8 Conclusion Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 Index Chapter 11 About the Authorshow more