Maike Oergel – “The Grand Poem of our Time”: Carlyle, Zeitgeist and his History of the French Revolution
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“The Grand Poem of our Time”: Carlyle, Zeitgeist and his History of the French Revolution
In a letter to his new friend John Stuart Mill, Carlyle declares in 1833:
In the right understanding of [the Revolution] is involved all possible knowledge important for us; […] to me it often seems as if the right History […] of the French Revolution were the Grand Poem of our Time; as if the man who could write the truth of that, were worth all other writers and singers.1
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