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Author Sauter, Michael J.

Title Visions of the Enlightenment : the Edict on Religion of 1788 and the politics of the public sphere in eighteenth-century Prussia / by Michael J. Sauter.

Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2009.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  943.057 SAUT    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 242 pages ; 25 cm.
Series Brill's studies in intellectual history, 0920-8607 ; v. 177.
Brill's studies in intellectual history ; v. 177.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Ch. 1. The Frederickian monarchy and the Enlightenment in Russia -- Ch. 2. The ponytail, the enthusiast, and the "enlightened" public sphere -- Ch. 3. The Enlightenment on trial -- Ch. 4. Conscience and the rhetoric of freedom -- Ch. 5. Counting the Enlightenment -- Ch. 6. What was Enlightenment? -- App. A. All texts (120) published in response to the edict -- App. B. Reviews (57) not published in the "Allgemeine deutsche Bibliothek" -- App. C. On the philosophical debate on the nature and boundaries of the Enlightenment.
Summary "This book examines the public battle sparked by the promulgation in 1788 of Prussia's Edict on Religion. Historians have seen in this moment nothing less than the end of the Enlightenment in Prussia. This book begs to differ and argues that social control had a long "enlightened" pedigree. Using both archival and published documents this book reveals deeply the entire Prussian elite was invested in social control of the masses, especially in the public sphere. What emerges is a picture of the Enlightenment in Prussia as a conservative enterprise that was limited by not merely the state but also the social anxieties of the Prussian elite."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Enlightenment -- Germany -- Prussia.
Elite (Social sciences) -- Germany -- Prussia -- History -- 18th century.
Social control -- Germany -- Prussia -- History -- 18th century.
Popular culture -- Germany -- Prussia -- History -- 18th century.
Political culture -- Germany -- Prussia -- History -- 18th century.
Ecclesiastical law -- Germany -- Prussia -- History -- 18th century.
Church and state -- Germany -- Prussia -- History -- 18th century.
Prussia (Germany) -- Social conditions -- 18th century.
Prussia (Germany) -- Politics and government -- 1786-1797.
Prussia (Germany) -- Religion -- 18th century.
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