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Czech, German, and Noble examines the highbrow rules and political demanding situations that encouraged patriotic job one of the Bohemian the Aristocracy, the infusion of nationwide id into public and institutional lifestyles, and the position of the the Aristocracy in crafting and aiding the nationwide perfect inside Habsburg Bohemia. Patriotic aristocrats created the obvious and public institutional framework that cultivated nationwide sentiment and supplied the nationwide circulation with a level of highbrow and social legitimacy. The e-book argues that the mutating id of the aristocracy was once tied either to lack of confidence and to a trust within the energy of technological know-how to handle social difficulties, dedication to the beliefs of enlightenment in addition to person and social development, and profound self assurance that development was once inevitable and that highbrow success could store society. The aristocrats who helped create, endow and nationalize associations have been a serious portion of the general public sphere and worthy for the nationalization of public existence total. The ebook explores the myriad purposes for aristocratic participation in new or nationalized associations, the basic adjustments in felony and social prestige, new rules approximately civic accountability and political participation, and the desire of reform and worry of revolution. The publication examines the sociability inside and production of nascent nationwide associations that integrated essentially new methods of wondering neighborhood, tradition, pageant, and standing. The argument, that category mattered to the measure that it was once beside the point, intersects with a number of very important ancient questions past theories of nationalism, together with debates approximately modernization and the durability of aristocratic strength, the character of the general public sphere and sophistication, and the measurable effect of technological know-how and highbrow pursuits on social and political lifestyles.

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The chapters that follow trace the general paths of these reverberations, furnish a sketch of the intellectual movements and ideas that inspired patriotic activity among the nobility, and discuss the processes by which patriotic ideas and their institutional edifices became catalysts of social and national change. I have adopted this structure not to deflect from the importance of individuals or individual families in the formation of institutions of national culture, but rather to highlight the important intersection of enlightenment, patriotic individuals, institutions, and nation building.

1 In Dichtung und Wahrheit, J. W. Goethe also recounted his visit as a boy to the imperial hall in Frankfurt and reported the same premonitions: “Our informants added ominously that another such prophecy or, rather, a feeling of foreboding was making the rounds, for it was obvious that there was only room enough left for the portrait of one more emperor. ”2 The end of the Holy Roman Empire was indeed imminent, but its demise was not to stem from the discomfort of the Habsburgs with the Carolingian heritage and its regalia, or from the hand of fate revealed in the placement of the portraits.

He was enmeshed in imperial politics, as well as church duties, and his social life revolved around the diplomatic circles of the Imperial Diet. From Regensburg, Sternberg witnessed the events of the French Revolution and the ensuing conflicts, which challenged many of the assumptions with which he had been raised. In the midst of these uncertainties, Sternberg found and pursued a lifelong interest in science, particularly botany. This interest, combined with the uncertain political and social world, encouraged Sternberg to retreat from both politics and church and to redefine his productive life in terms of intellectual activity.

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