Prussia as a nation-state, as a cultural state, as a military power: beyond these one-dimensional ideas, Ottmar Ette's new book unfolds the picture of a multi-perspective Prussia. From Anton Wilhelm Amo, the first black philosopher to matriculate at a Prussian university, to Frederick the Great's projection of the Prussian polity onto New Spain and the reign of Moctezuma, to the Dutch philosopher Cornelius de Pauw, who published his works in French in Berlin and fueled the worldwide Berlin debate about the New World, from the Jewish salon of Rahel Varnhagen to Heinrich von Kleist's imagination of the Haitian Revolution to Adelbert von Chamisso and Alexander von Humboldt, who was not considered [Read more...]
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