Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment / Edition 1

Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment / Edition 1

by Larry Wolff, Wolff Larry
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804727023

ISBN-13: 9780804727020

Pub. Date: 06/01/1996

Publisher: Stanford University Press

This is a wide-ranging intellectual history of how, in the 18th century, Europe came to be conceived as divided into "Western Europe" and "Eastern Europe". The author argues that this conceptual reorientation from the previously accepted "Northern" and "Southern" was a work of cultural construction and intellectual artifice created by the philosophes of the

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This is a wide-ranging intellectual history of how, in the 18th century, Europe came to be conceived as divided into "Western Europe" and "Eastern Europe". The author argues that this conceptual reorientation from the previously accepted "Northern" and "Southern" was a work of cultural construction and intellectual artifice created by the philosophes of the Enlightenment. He shows how the philosophers viewed the continent from the perspective of Paris and deliberately cultivated an idea of the backwardness of "Eastern Europe" the more readily to affirm the importance of "Western Europe".

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804727020
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
436
Sales rank:
804,218
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Entering Eastern Europe: Eighteenth-Century Travelers on the Frontier17
2Possessing Eastern Europe: Sexuality, Slavery, and Corporal Punishment50
3Imagining Eastern Europe: Fiction, Fantasy, and Vicarious Voyages89
4Mapping Eastern Europe: Political Geography and Cultural Cartography144
5Addressing Eastern Europe, Part I: Voltaire's Russia195
6Addressing Eastern Europe, Part II: Rousseau's Poland235
7Peopling Eastern Europe, Part I: Barbarians in Ancient History and Modern Anthropology284
8Peopling Eastern Europe, Part II: The Evidence of Manners and the Measurements of Race332
Conclusion356
Notes377
Index407

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