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The Roots of Romanticism by Isaiah Berlin
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May 18, 2012

it was amazing

this is the clearest, most straightforward exposition of Romanticism that I have encountered. I'm sure that some would say that it is over simplified, but Berlin's willingness to strip things down to what he considers the essentials was very helpful for me. I feel much better prepared to read fuller treatments of the many authors he discusses. The fact that he also puts the romantic movement of the early nineteenth century in historical perspective [a German movement reacting to the French Revolution and Napoleon] also made more sense of it. His tracing its influence to Existentialism and fascism clarified things for me as well. If you are interested in Romanticism you should read this book.
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