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The Brothers Grimm and the Making of German Nationalism
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In the first comprehensive English-language portrait of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm as political thinkers and actors, Jakob Norberg reveals how history's two most famous folklorists envisioned the role of literary and linguistic scholars in defining national identity. Convinced of the political relevance of their folk tale collections and grammatical studies, the Brothers Grimm argued that they could help disentangle language groups from one another, redraw the boundaries of states in Europe, and counsel kings and princes on the proper extent and character of their rule. They sought not only to recover and revive a neglected native culture for a contemporary audience, but also to facilitate a more harmonious and enduring relationship between the traditional political elite and an emerging national collective. Through close historical analysis, Norberg reconstructs how the Grimms wished to mediate between sovereigns and peoples, politics and culture. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

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  • The Brothers Grimm and the Making of German Nationalism
    pp i-ii
  • The Brothers Grimm and the Making of German Nationalism - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Dedication
    pp v-vi
  • Contents
    pp vii-vii
  • Acknowledgments
    pp viii-viii
  • Introduction
    pp 1-21
  • Chapter 1 - The Philologist King
    pp 22-50
  • Politics and Knowledge in the Nationalist Era
  • Chapter 2 - Folk Hatred and Folktales
    pp 51-84
  • The Nationalist Politics of the Children’s and Household Tales
  • Chapter 3 - The Prince of Germany
    pp 85-113
  • Wilhelm Grimm and the Philologist as Redeemer
  • Chapter 4 - Love of the Fatherland and Fatherly Love
    pp 114-141
  • Jacob Grimm’s Political Thought
  • Chapter 5 - The Mother Tongue at School
    pp 142-158
  • Jacob Grimm and the Institutions of Nation Building
  • Chapter 6 - The Names of the Barbarians
    pp 159-180
  • The Philologist, the Tribe, and the Empire
  • Conclusion
    pp 181-185
  • Notes
    pp 186-226
  • Bibliography
    pp 227-246
  • Index
    pp 247-258


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