Inventarea Europei de Est

Inventarea Europei de Est Subiectul cartii lui Larry Wolff profesor de istorie la Boston College este definirea si caracterizarea Europei de Est de catre ganditorii occidentali din ultima parte a secolului al XVIII lea Cei m

  • Title: Inventarea Europei de Est
  • Author: Larry Wolff
  • ISBN: 9735000350
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • Subiectul cartii lui Larry Wolff, profesor de istorie la Boston College, este definirea si caracterizarea Europei de Est de catre ganditorii occidentali din ultima parte a secolului al XVIII lea Cei mai celebri sunt Voltaire si Rousseau, care au comentat tari unde n au fost niciodata Rusia si respectiv Polonia Multi altii au calatorit insa in tarile despre care au scrisSubiectul cartii lui Larry Wolff, profesor de istorie la Boston College, este definirea si caracterizarea Europei de Est de catre ganditorii occidentali din ultima parte a secolului al XVIII lea Cei mai celebri sunt Voltaire si Rousseau, care au comentat tari unde n au fost niciodata Rusia si respectiv Polonia Multi altii au calatorit insa in tarile despre care au scris, lasand posteritatii observatii patrunzatoare, dar si opinii subiective sau jumatati de adevaruri Larry Wolff, specialist in secolul al XVIII lea european, ofera o magistrala sinteza a doua secole de interactiune simbolica intre Vest si Est.

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    1. WELL THAT BLEW ME AWAY. This is an amazing work. In a nutshell, it challenges everything we think we know about Eastern Europe--challenges the very idea of there BEING an Eastern Europe, actually. It goes back to the Enlightenment to explore the ways in which Westerner writers, travelers, and intellectuals used the concept of "the East of Europe" as something to define their own culture against . . . in a "~we~ are civilized and ~they~ are barbarians" type fashion. (I'm not making up the word "b [...]

    2. Building on Edward Saids analysis of orientalism, Larry Wolff applies the concept to the way Western European scholars and travelers talk(ed) about Eastern Europe.As issues of slavophobia don't get a lot of attention in the way modern dialogues about xenophobia/racism are framed, I feel like this book really complements Saids ideas on orientalism in the way that it complicates it.As with 'Orientalism', if you don't want to invest too much time in the book, it's absolutely sufficient to just read [...]

    3. The most valuable thing in the book is the evidences of Western Europe attitude to the Eastern Europe at the Enlightenment age. Quotes from the ambassadors reports, travelers notes, philosophers essays, political and private correspondence, novels and poems make the bigger part of the book. So even if to omit author's comments on the topic the picture is quite impressive.Author claims that it's Enlightenment philosophers who 'invented' the notion of Western and Eastern Europe. But most probably [...]

    4. Definitely a tough read even if you know lots about modern Eastern Europe. By the time you get to the chapter on Voltaire, the picture is already clear and a bit repetitive. Eastern Europe was backward and largely unknown, the people barbarian and uncivilised, yet not exotic as 'the orient'. This conveniently helped to define western Europe as 'civilisation as we know it'. Some similarities with the criticisms of The west made by Edward Said. However some good stories and the intrepid women trav [...]

    5. Tough read for someone with relatively little background in Eastern European history, but full of interesting stories and makes you want to know more. Wolff is clear with his thesis is showing how the concept of "eastern: Europe is a product of the Enlightenment and also how the geography of the Enlightenment reshaped Europe on W/E boundaries as opposed to N/S. Would like to reread someday.

    6. Exhaustive and fascinating. Wolff traces the development of the notion of Eastern Europe, focusing primarily on the Enlightenment (especially Voltaire and Rousseau) but carrying his analysis briefly into the 20th century as well. Quite compelling.

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