»... daß einem leid tut, wie er aufgehört hat, deutsch zu sein«

  • During his American expedition Humboldt grappled intensively with the iniquities of colonialism. In the year 1803, for example, he noted "that the idea of a colony is itself an immoral idea, this idea of a land which is obliged to pay dues to another country." The colonial powers, wrote Humboldt, support intolerance, repression and slavery. However, he did not express his criticism in public during the expedition but entrusted it only to good friends and his diary. The lecture treats Humboldt's political stance during the expedition, based on human rights and his communicative role as a research traveller who, having returned to Europe, made his criticism public. Central to the lecture are examples of Humboldt's criticism of representatives of the colonial system. These make clear which important impulses the researcher gave to the independence movement and to the politicians of the young American states.

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Verfasserangaben:Ottmar Ette
Untertitel (Deutsch):Alexander von Humboldt, Preußen und Amerika
Jahr der Fertigstellung:2002
Veröffentlichende Institution:Universität Potsdam
Datum der Freischaltung:31.08.2009
Quelle:HiN : Alexander von Humboldt im Netz, III (2002) 4
Organisationseinheiten:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Romanistik
DDC-Klassifikation:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 50 Naturwissenschaften / 509 Histor., geogr., personenbezogene Behandlung
9 Geschichte und Geografie / 91 Geografie, Reisen / 911 Historische Geografie
Sammlungen:Universität Potsdam / Zeitschriften / HiN : Alexander von Humboldt im Netz ; International Review for Humboldtian Studies, ISSN 1617-5239 / HiN III, 4 (2002)
Lizenz (Englisch):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution, Noncommercial, No Derivative Works 3.0 unported
Externe Bemerkung:The original publication is available at