Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment

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Stanford University Press, 1994 - History - 419 pages
This is a wide-ranging intellectual history of how, in the 18th century, Europe came to be conceived as divided into "Western Europe" and "Eastern Europe". The author argues that this conceptual reorientation from the previously accepted "Northern" and "Southern" was a work of cultural construction and intellectual artifice created by the philosophes of the Enlightenment. He shows how the philosophers viewed the continent from the perspective of Paris and deliberately cultivated an idea of the backwardness of "Eastern Europe" the more readily to affirm the importance of "Western Europe".
 

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Definitely a tough read even if you know lots about modern Eastern Europe. By the time you get to the chapter on Voltaire, the picture is already clear and a bit repetitive. Eastern Europe was ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
EighteenthCentury
17
Sexuality Slavery
50
Fiction Fantasy
89
Political Geography
144
Five Addressing Eastern Europe Part
195
Six Addressing Eastern Europe Part
235
Barbarians
284
The Evidence
332
Conclusion
356
Notes
377
Index
407
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