Memorias y lugares de memoria de Europa- Mémoires et lieux de mémoire en Europe- Memories and Places of Memory in Europe
Edited By Éric Bussière and Enrique Moradiellos
Actes du séminaire doctoral d’été « Mémoires et lieux de mémoire en Europe » organisé par la Fondation Académie européenne de Yuste avec la collaboration du réseau SEGEI, au Monastère royal de Yuste et palais de Charles Quint en Estrémadure, Espagne (du 6 au 9 juillet 2009).
Proceedings of the doctoral summer seminar, «Memories and Places of Memory of Europe», organised by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation in cooperation with the SEGEI network, in the Royal Monastery of Yuste and Palace of Charles V, in Extremadura, Spain (from 6
The Legacy of the Enlightenment and Early Nineteenth-century Liberal Reformism in the Habsburg Monarchy (Franz Leander Fillafer)
65 The Legacy of the Enlightenment and Early Nineteenth-century Liberal Reformism in the Habsburg Monarchy Franz LEANDER FILLAFER Research Grants “Charles V European Award 2008-Simone Veil” The Enlightenment in the Habsburg Monarchy has long been de- scribed as a weak replica of Western models. This view builds upon a dated image of a mainly French and radical Enlightenment, emanating from a petit troupeau of metropolitan masters who inspired their ap- prentices or latter-day avatars on the peripheries of Europe. Both these views are currently being revised. However, tenacious, but frequently unfounded assumptions regarding the spread and duration of the Enlightenments in Central Europe linger on in the academic world. This chapter reappraises some of these guiding assumptions and offers some pointers toward a redescription of the legacy of the Enlightenment in the early nineteenth-century Habsburg Monarchy. In doing so, it challenges the received image of a smooth transition between the Enlightenment and liberalism, two phenomena which have even been described as virtually synonymous in some of the standard research. Early nine- teenth-century reformers faced serious conceptual and political difficul- ties in harking back to an eighteenth century heritage. As we will see, this Enlightenment patrimony had to be construed, objectified and vindicated in an arduous and protracted process. This is very much a European problem which deserves a transnational research agenda to highlight ancestral affiliations of political thought and practice. A particularly fruitful line of comparison might focus on the bifurcating nineteenth-century legacies of the Enlightenment in different European composite...
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