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Romantic chemistry
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1. Concept

Following Justus Liebig’s dismissal of the natural philosophy of the German Romantics ( Romanticism) as the “pestilence [...] of the century” [1. 29], historians likewise long imputed to the chemistry of the years around 1800 a reputation for groundless speculation. With its poetological aspects recently rediscovered by scholars of German studies [5]; [3]; [7] and its unique characteristics reconstructed by historians of scholarship [4]; [8], however, it has come to be seen today a…

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Meinel, Christoph, “Romantic chemistry”, 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 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026805>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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