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  • Page extent: 252 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.29 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 830.9/358/09034
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: JA84.G3 E25 1996
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Political science--Germany--History
    • Germany--Politics and government--1740-1806
    • Romanticism--Germany
    • Young adult drama, English

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521449519 | ISBN-10: 0521449510)

The Early Political Writings of the German Romantics contains all the essential political writings of Friedrich Schlegel, Schleiermacher and Novalis during the formative period of romantic thought (1797 to 1803). While the political thought of the German romantics has been generally recognised as important, it has been little studied, and most of the texts have been until now unavailable in English. The early romantics had an ambition still relevant to contemporary political thought: how to find a middle path between conservatism and liberalism, between an ethic of community and the freedom of the individual. Frederick C. Beiser's edition comprises all kinds of texts relevant for understanding the political ideas of the early romantic circles in Berlin and Jena - essays, lectures, aphorisms, chapters from books, and jottings from notebooks. All have been translated anew, many for the first time.

• New translations, mostly of material not translated before • Collection of writings by important figures in formative romantic period • Diverse types of texts included, from essays to notebook jottings


1. Anon., The Oldest Systematic Programme of German Idealism; 2. Novalis, Pollen; 3. Novalis, Faith and Love; 4. Novalis, Political Aphorisms; 5. Novalis, Christianity or Europe; 6. Friedrich Schlegel, Essay on the Concept of Republicanism; 7. Schlegel, Athenaeum Fragments (excerpts); 8. Schlegel, Ideas; 9. Schlegel, Lectures on Transcendental Philosophy; 10. Schlegel, Fragments from the Philosophical Apprenticeship; 11. Schleiermacher, Monologues II & III.

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