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Translations, histories, enlightenments : William Robertson in Germany, 1760-1795

Author: László Kontler
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Series: Palgrave studies in cultural and intellectual history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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William Robertson-historian, minister, and Principal of the University of Edinburgh-was a central figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. In this study of his four major histories (on national, European, and global themes), László Kontler explores how their reception in Germany tested the possibilities and the limits of intellectual transfer through translation within the "republic of letters." Employing a  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version
Named Person: William Robertson; William Robertson; William Robertson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: László Kontler
ISBN: 9781137371713 1137371714
OCLC Number: 870285564
Description: x, 261 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
Robertson in Scotland and in Europe --
Translation, reception, "influence" --
Spaces and places, regional and institutional contexts --
Situating Robertson, situating the Enlightenment --
1. Politics, Literature, and Science: William Robertson and Historical Discourses in Eighteenth-Century Scotland and Germany --
Stages, conjectures, narratives: Scottish history and the science of man --
Varieties of Geschichte, toward Wissenschaft --
2. Time and Progress, Time as Progress: History by Way of Enlightened Preaching --
Agency and event, Christian and other times: "progressive revelation" --
An unnoticed translation --
Baumgarten and Semler: history and the religious Enlightenment in Germany --
Lessing: progressive revelation remastered --
Michaelis: Göttingen and the cultural approach to Christianity --
3. A Different View of the Progress of Society in Europe --
Manners and sociocultural dynamics --
An "exotic" interlude --
Some interlocutors --
Sitten and ethnocultural specifics --
4. Scottish Histories and German Identities --
Scotland and Charles V: Robertson's making of modern Europe --
Rendering "national" history --
German Robertsons? --
5. Maps of Mankind --
Robertson's "global histories" --
America: savages and "imperfectly civilized" --
India: civilization subdued --
Translating the history of mankind: terminologies and interlocutors --
Landlocked gazes at the new worlds and Oriental lures --
Robertson and Forster: strange bedfellows? --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Palgrave studies in cultural and intellectual history.
Other Titles: William Robertson in Germany, 1760-1795
Responsibility: László Kontler.

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