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 routine and the folk who've an element in them. Schleiermacher, a well-known theologian and educator, used to be 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 relatively for instance of 1 guy who was once keen to sacrifice every little thing for the great of the nation.
Examining the impression 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 varied ways used by Schleiermacher to accomplish a patriotic awakening between his countrymen: "…he preached nationalistic sermons; he introduced scholarly lectures; he time and again risked his lifestyles on harmful missions which might aid unfastened Germany from France; he used his journalistic abilities to aim to stimulate the nationwide recognition of the German humans; and he even served within the govt of Prussia in an try to reconstruct the academic procedure in order that nationalism could be advanced."
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