Nationality in Modern History by John Holland RoseNationality in Modern History by John Holland Rose

Nationality in Modern History

byJohn Holland Rose

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916. Excerpt: ... view of the urgency of their universal interests; in place of the class feeling, which had weakened Prussia, there must arise a national feeling, based on the perception of kindred aims and duties. Selfishness (said he) is self-destructive; for, when it has run its full course, no firm foundation is left. That vice had ruined Germany. How must she be reconstructed? Fichte's answer is not altogether clear. It does not sound forth with the trumpet tones of conviction by which Mazzini thrilled Italy in the thirties. The German philosopher had not the abounding faith and enthusiasm of the Italian prophet. Further, he was hampered by the endeavor to express everything in abstract terms, while Mazzini spoke straight to the heart of the people. The cloudiness of Fichte's views also resulted from his being a pioneer of thought in this direction-- witness his definition of a nation (Lecture VI)--"A nation is the whole community of persons living in social intercourse, ever propagating itself in a natural manner, and existing collectively under a certain special law of the development of the divine out of it." This nebulous circumlocution in no sense advances our knowledge of the subject; and it must be confessed that the Addresses are often both dull and confused. Especially tiresome are Lectures IV-VII, which demonstrate the Germanic nature of the Germans with an iteration that seems wholly needless to-day, however much it was needful then to awaken their dormant national sentiment. After these digressions Fichte's narrative straightens and broadens. Very effective is the reference to the ancient Germans, who refused to face the possibility of being Romanized and were resolved at all costs to order their lives in their own way. Coming to the present he lifts the ...
Title:Nationality in Modern HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217517005

ISBN - 13:9780217517003

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