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Inventing Eastern Europe : the map of civilization on the mind of the enlightenment

Author: Larry Wolff
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [1994]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Wolff explores how Western thinkers contributed to defining and characterizing Eastern Europe as half-civilized and barbaric.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry Wolff
ISBN: 0804723141 9780804723145 0804727023 9780804727020
OCLC Number: 29219970
Description: xiv, 419 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Entering Eastern Europe: Eighteenth-Century Travelers on the Frontier --
2. Possessing Eastern Europe: Sexuality, Slavery, and Corporal Punishment --
3. Imagining Eastern Europe: Fiction, Fantasy, and Vicarious Voyages --
4. Mapping Eastern Europe: Political Geography and Cultural Cartography --
5. Addressing Eastern Europe, Part I: Voltaire's Russia --
6. Addressing Eastern Europe, Part II: Rousseau's Poland --
7. Peopling Eastern Europe, Part I: Barbarians in Ancient History and Modern Anthropology --
8. Peopling Eastern Europe, Part II: The Evidence of Manners and the Measurements of Race.
Responsibility: Larry Wolff.
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A wide-ranging intellectual history of how, in the eighteenth century, Europe came to be conceived as a continent divided into two, into 'Western Europe' and 'Eastern Europe'.  Read more...


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"Thought-provoking and well written, ... Wolff's book provides a valuable treatment of the ways in which 'Enlightened' thinkers conceive of the lands east of the Elbe... A very welcome contribution Read more...

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