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Enlightened Networks: Anglo-German Collaboration in Classical Scholarship

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This chapter presents a different picture of eighteenth-century Anglo-German scholarly relations in the field of classical studies, one which challenges the teacher-pupil model favoured by historians by pointing to much greater interaction within the context of a still-flourishing transnational Republic of Letters. It is argued that Anglo-German collaboration in the field of classics deserves to be seen as an important constituent part of the early modern transnational Republic of Letters; moreover, particularly significant for a volume framed in terms of the 'long nineteenth century', the chapter suggests that relations in the field of classical scholarship in the eighteenth century set the tone for the early part of the nineteenth, especially following the growing scepticism towards French classical scholarship in the wake of the French Revolution. Despite Napoleon's occupation of much of Hanover after 1803, close scholarly contacts were maintained and British students continued to enroll at German universities.

Keywords: Anglo-German scholarly relations; British students; French classical scholarship; French revolution; German universities; teacher-pupil model; transnational Republic of Letters



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