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date: 05 April 2020

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The chapter offers a short history of education in Germany from the end of the eighteenth to the middle of the nineteenth centuries. It pays special attention to Wilhelm von Humboldt’s educational reforms, which transformed the Prussian educational system in accordance with the modern humanistic ideal. The final part the chapter is devoted to the emergence, development, and legacy of such Romanticism-inspired disciplines as modern philology, comparative linguistics, academic literary studies, and comparative literature.

Keywords: individuality, Bildung, historicism, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, Weltliteratur

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