Anglo-German Scholarly Networks in the Long Nineteenth by Heather Ellis

By Heather Ellis

Anglo-German Scholarly Networks within the lengthy 19th Century explores the complicated and moving connections among scientists and students in Britain and Germany from the overdue eighteenth century to the interwar years. in line with the idea that of the transnational community in either its casual and institutional dimensions, it bargains with the move of information and ideas in numerous fields and disciplines. in addition, it examines the function which mutual perceptions and stereotypes performed in Anglo-German collaboration. through putting Anglo-German scholarly networks in a much broader spatial and temporal context, the amount bargains new frames of reference which problem the long-standing specialise in the antagonism and breakdown of kin ahead of and through the 1st global conflict. individuals comprise Rob Boddice, John Davis, Peter Hoeres, Hilary Howes, Gregor Pelger, Pascal Schillings, Angela Schwarz, Tara Windsor.

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19 There is also good evidence to suggest that the political connection between Hanover and Britain did much, right from the start, to promote the work of German classicists in Britain. While serving in a diplomatic position as the secretary to the British king’s envoy extraordinary in Hamburg in the 1740s, Thomas Lediard came into contact with a classical scholar based in Leipzig called Johann Jacob Mascov, whose History of the Ancient Germans was well known in Germany but not yet in Britain. ), Philologie in Göttingen (Göttingen 2001) 12–13.

22 This suggestion has not, however, been properly followed up. While it is relatively well known, from some of the examples just mentioned, that German classical scholarship penetrated deep into English academia in the eighteenth century, what is far less familiar is the impact which original work in English had upon German scholarship. We might point, for example, to an edition of Aristotle’s Poetics with a full commentary by the Cambridge scholar, Thomas Twining, which was first published in 1789.

26 Even though the reactions of the academic world at the outbreak of the war are well researched, we still have very little knowledge of what exactly happened to the wealth of nineteenth-century contacts and cooperations which existed between British and German scholars. Of course it would be only too convenient to assume that they simply ceased. However, the picture is much more complicated, especially when one takes into account the global 25 Margrit Szöllösi-Janze, Fritz Haber, 1868–1934. Eine Biographie (Munich 1998); Matthias Berg, Jens Thiel, Peter Th.

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