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The Dynastic Imagination: Family and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Germany

Adrian Daub


In the wake of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Invasion, German thought was placed in a position of profound ambivalence when it came to the figure of the dynasty. On the one hand, the Revolution was understood as a disruption of traditional modes of transmission and legitimation, and this disruption was often understood and staged as a severing of dynastic family lines. On the other, after the Napoleonic Wars, most of the dynasties that had been disrupted in this way were able to continue on, fairly uninterrupted. As a result of this ambivalence, the figure of the dynasty became a fa ... More

Keywords: nuclear family, dynasty, philosophy, literature, Germany, nationalism, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226737737
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226737904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian Daub, author
Stanford University