By Jerry F. Dawson
Nationalism used to be a using, relocating spirit within the nineteenth-century Germany of Friedrich Schleiermacher. Jerry F. Dawson, via his considerate and well-wrought learn of Friedrich Schleiermacher, offers an perception into modern nationalistic hobbies and the folk who've an element in them. Schleiermacher, a renowned theologian and educator, was once additionally a number one contributor to the tide of nationalism which swept Germany through the Napoleonic period. Dawson doesn't current Schleiermacher as an archetype for nationalists, yet really as an instance of 1 guy who used to be keen to sacrifice every little thing for the great of the nation.
Examining the effect of Pietism, rationalism, and romanticism on Schleiermacher, the writer explains the origins of his subject's nationalistic actions and strains the evolution of his patriotic standpoint. Dawson depicts the advance of Schleiermacher's patriotism from Prussian particularism to German nationalism—an allegiance to an idealized Germany unified in faith, language, folkways. He describes the various techniques used by Schleiermacher to accomplish a patriotic awakening between his countrymen: "…he preached nationalistic sermons; he brought scholarly lectures; he time and again risked his lifestyles on harmful missions which might support unfastened Germany from France; he used his journalistic skills to aim to stimulate the nationwide cognizance of the German humans; and he even served within the executive of Prussia in an try and reconstruct the academic approach in order that nationalism could be advanced."
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Friedrich Schleiermacher: The Evolution of a Nationalist by Jerry F. Dawson