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1. Historical background

The anti-Enlightenment philosopher of history Giambattista Vico declared in the first quarter of the 18th century that the mythopoetic cultural products dating from the beginnings of each nation’s history were the foundation of all cultures, which were subject by divine providence to cyclical processes of growth and decay. Johann Gottfried Herder added to this idea the analogy between peoples and individuals. Entire peoples too, he argue…

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Hesse, Petra and Svetina, Peter, “Pan-Slavism”, 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 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025230>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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