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Political Science History & Theory

Wilhelm von Humboldt and German Liberalism

A Reassessment

by (author) John Roberts

introduction by Thomas Axworthy

Mosaic Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2015
History & Theory, Conservatism & Liberalism, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2015
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The newly revised edition of Wilhelm von Humboldt and German Liberalism offers a unique and thoughtful look at one of the most remarkable individuals in late 18th and early 19th century German history and explores the foundations of liberalism in the country. Called the “greatest statesmen of Europe? by Madame de Stael, Wilhlem von Humboldt was a poet, classicist, translator and an author of books on history, political theory, diplomacy and several other topics. John Roberts? book is based on a complete and thorough reading of von Humboldt's writings and biography. The focus is to reassess the origins and particular nature of his writings in the context of an understanding of contemporary liberalism and liberal theory.

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Contributor Notes

John Roberts earned a D. Phil from Oxford University and taught political theory at the University of Toronto and various other universities. He had a diplomatic career in the Canadian foreign service before serving as a Member of the Canadian House of Commons and then a Cabinet Minister, serving in a number of portfolios under Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. He is the author of numerous articles on political theory and The Liberal Agenda.

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