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Harvard Historical Studies 143

Defining Germany

The 1848 Frankfurt Parliamentarians and National Identity

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$92.00 • £73.95 • €83.00

ISBN 9780674009110

Publication Date: 11/15/2002


302 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 map

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A richly contextual account that breaks down many of the received teleologies regarding the formation of German nationalism. Brian Vick examines a broad range of opinion among major and minor thinkers as well as parliamentarians of the Frankfurt assembly, producing a detailed picture of the political culture of the German middle class. The overall effect of the book is to emphasize the plasticity of nationalism and to re-embed the German case within a wider European framework. This makes a major contribution to the debate on liberalism and nationalism, furthering a more differentiated understanding of their aspirations and weaknesses.—Konrad H. Jarausch, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Even on such well-studied issues as the contrast between the little German and greater German plans for national unification, Vick finds something new and insightful to say. The accounts of the pre-1848 discussions of the nature of the nation and national honor-notably on German racial thought in the 1840s and the extent to which it upheld ideals of human equality and common humanity, and the relationship between nationalism and the classical republican tradition-are especially good, breaking intellectual new ground.—Jonathan Sperber, University of Missouri

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