The phrase Germania illustrata is the title of a publishing project (never realized) of the German humanist K. Celtis; had it been realized, it would have been the earliest humanist presentation of the geography and history of Germany. But as a plan that Celtis pursued from 1495 until his death in 1508 and worked on at length within the circle of German humanists, the Germania illustrata documents his sustained interest in discussions of the German nation, which pioneered a specifically humanistic nationalism (Nation, nationalism) [1. 251–379].
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Müller, Gernot Michael,
“Germania illustrata”, in:
Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online
, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012.
Consulted online on 26 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_019978>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915