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

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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".

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In this provocative, wide-ranging history of how the continent of Europe came to be conceived as divided into "Western Europe" and "Eastern Europe," the author shows that it was not a natural distinction, or even an innocent one, but instead was a work of cultural creation, of intellectual artifice, of ideological self-interest and self-promotion.

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“Thought-provoking and well written, . . . Wolffs book provides a valuable treatment of the ways in which ‘Enlightened thinkers conceive of the lands east of the Elbe. . . . A very welcome contribution to both the history of the Enlightenment and the Western understanding of Eastern Europe.” —The Russian Review

“The distinction between East and West Europe is a seemingly immemorial cliché that desperately needs dismantling, and Wolff does it with erudition and a lively dramatic sense.”—Voice Literary Supplement

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ISBN:
9780804727020
Author:
Wolff, Larry
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Wolff, Larry
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
Eastern Europe
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19960631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 half-tones
Pages:
436
Dimensions:
9.04x6.09x.99 in. 1.29 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Europe » Eastern Europe » General
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In this provocative, wide-ranging history of how the continent of Europe came to be conceived as divided into "Western Europe" and "Eastern Europe," the author shows that it was not a natural distinction, or even an innocent one, but instead was a work of cultural creation, of intellectual artifice, of ideological self-interest and self-promotion.

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“Thought-provoking and well written, . . . Wolffs book provides a valuable treatment of the ways in which ‘Enlightened thinkers conceive of the lands east of the Elbe. . . . A very welcome contribution to both the history of the Enlightenment and the Western understanding of Eastern Europe.” —The Russian Review

“The distinction between East and West Europe is a seemingly immemorial cliché that desperately needs dismantling, and Wolff does it with erudition and a lively dramatic sense.”—Voice Literary Supplement

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