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The response of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to the French Revolution

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This thesis seeks to explain the reasons behind Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s critical response to the French Revolution, and to identify his broader political views. It casts Goethe as a reform-minded conservative, who strove to advance civilisation and law-abiding liberty, and deplored tyranny, whether of the few or of the many. He deemed the Revolution politically and socially destructive, as it countered Enlightenment values of reason, tolerance, independent thought, and self-cultivatio...

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Medieval and Modern Languages
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Medieval and Modern Languages
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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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