Anglo-German Scholarly Networks in the Long Nineteenth by Heather Ellis

By Heather Ellis

Anglo-German Scholarly Networks within the lengthy 19th Century explores the complicated and moving connections among scientists and students in Britain and Germany from the overdue eighteenth century to the interwar years. in line with the idea that of the transnational community in either its casual and institutional dimensions, it bargains with the move of information and concepts in quite a few fields and disciplines. moreover, it examines the function which mutual perceptions and stereotypes performed in Anglo-German collaboration. via putting Anglo-German scholarly networks in a much wider spatial and temporal context, the quantity bargains new frames of reference which problem the long-standing concentrate on the antagonism and breakdown of family members earlier than and through the 1st international conflict. members contain Rob Boddice, John Davis, Peter Hoeres, Hilary Howes, Gregor Pelger, Pascal Schillings, Angela Schwarz, Tara Windsor.

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William Clark’s Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research University (London 2006) is a clever and original study with much useful information on eighteenth-century German universities but with no specific focus on classical scholarship. 4 The BAT project was begun in 1997 and is directed from Oxford by Oswyn Murray and Chryssanthi Avlami. asp. ��63/9789004253117_�03 24 ellis eighteenth-century Britain was so depressed in comparison with Germany as to preclude any productive contact between scholars in the two countries.

Enlightened networks 29 come to be expected of German classicists. ”20 This process was, however, by no means, one-sided. Contrary to the commonly received picture, English classical studies were not sunk in a period of unrelenting stagnation in the eighteenth century. O. 22 This suggestion has not, however, been properly followed up. While it is relatively well known, from some of the examples just mentioned, that German classical scholarship penetrated deep into English academia in the eighteenth century, what is far less familiar is the impact which original work in English had upon German scholarship.

Brought in under the long shadow cast by the French Revolution and the continuing fears of domestic Jacobinism, the originators of the new curriculum and examination system determined to restrict undergraduate reading as far as possible to a narrow, traditional and predictable set of classical texts. ), The Classical Tradition (Cambridge, MA 2009) 1–14. For the backlash against the French Revolution among English classical scholars, see Morton J. Frisch, ‘The Classical Attack on the French Revolution’, The Classical Journal 48, 7 (April 1953) 253–256.

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