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date: 11 December 2019

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The chapter proposes three moments in Europe’s discourse of Britain. The first, from the mid-eighteenth century up to 1793, coincided with a liberal and cosmopolitan wave of anglophilia which helped foster Romanticism in Germany. The second period, roughly until 1820, was divided between the radical republicans who viewed Britain as an enemy of democracy, the moderate liberal camp who appreciated Britain as perfectly balanced between tradition and modernity, and the conservatives who embraced Edmund Burke’s ideal of Britain as a stabilizing force within a reactionary European system. The third period may be identified with Britain’s post-Vienna renewed advocacy of liberty and progress, triggering a second wave of anglophilia that contributed to the development of liberal forms of Romanticism in France and across the continent. The chapter ends with Marxism, the rise of a far more radical European discourser.

Keywords: anglophilia, conservatism, liberalism, cosmopolitanism, progress, national character.

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