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The Topography of Modernity
Karl Philipp Moritz and the Space of Autonomy
Elliott Schreiber
Elliott Schreiber explores Karl Philipp Moritz's many contributions to the intellectual evolution of the Enlightenment and positions the German thinker as an incisive early observer and theorist of modernity.



Merit
The History of a Founding Ideal from the American Revolution to the Twenty-First Century
Joseph F. Kett
The idea that citizens' advancement should depend exclusively on merit, on qualities that deserve reward rather than on bloodlines or wire-pulling, was among the Founding ideals of the American republic, Joseph F. Kett argues in this book.



Magic Lantern Empire
Colonialism and Society in Germany
John Phillip Short
Examines German colonialism as a mass cultural and political phenomenon unfolding at the center of a nascent, conflicted German modernity.



Excavating Modernity
The Roman Past in Fascist Italy
Joshua Arthurs
Italian Fascism's appropriation of the Roman past—the idea of Rome, or romanità—remains an enduring facet of Mussolini's regime. Excavating Modernity offers a critical assessment of romanità and its individuals, institutions, and initiatives.



Memory, Metaphor, and Aby Warburg's Atlas of Images
Christopher D. Johnson
Christopher D. Johnson traces several thematic sequences in the panels of Aby Warburg's encyclopedic Mnemosyne (Atlas of Images), begun in earnest in 1927, and left unfinished at the time of Warburg's death in 1929.



The Enlightenment in Practice
Academic Prize Contests and Intellectual Culture in France, 1670–1794
Jeremy L. Caradonna
Jeremy L. Caradonna draws on archives both in Paris and the provinces of France to show that thousands of individuals participated in intellectual competitions during the Enlightenment.



Impious Fidelity
Anna Freud, Psychoanalysis, Politics
Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg
Stewart-Steinberg investigates the legacy of Anna Freud at the intersection between psychoanalysis as a mode of thinking and theorizing and its existence as a political entity.



Benjamin's Library
Modernity, Nation, and the Baroque
Jane O. Newman
Recovering Walter Benjamin's connection to seventeenth-century Baroque literature and political theory.



Dialogues between Faith and Reason
The Death and Return of God in Modern German Thought
John H. Smith
Smith traces a major line in the history of theology and the philosophy of religion down the "slippery slope" of secularization—from Luther and Erasmus, through Idealism, to Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Habermas, Vattimo, and Asad.



The French Idea of History
Joseph de Maistre and His Heirs, 1794–1854
Carolina Armenteros
Maistre emerges from this deeply learned book as the crucial bridge between the Enlightenment and the historicized thought of the nineteenth century.



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