A metabiography of Alexander von Humboldt

  • The author's recently published monograph on Alexander von Humboldt[1] describes the multiple images of this great cultural icon. The book is a metabiographical study that shows how from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present day Humboldt has served as a nucleus of crystallisation for a variety of successive socio-political ideologies, each producing its own distinctive representation of him. The historiographical implications of this biographical diversity are profound and support current attempts to understand historical scholarship in terms of memory cultures.

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Author:Nicolaas A. Rupke
Document Type:Postprint
Date of Publication (online):2009/09/10
Year of Completion:2006
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2009/09/10
Source:HiN : Alexander von Humboldt im Netz, VII (2006) 12
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Romanistik
Dewey Decimal Classification:0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 000 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke
Collections:Universität Potsdam / Zeitschriften / HiN : Alexander von Humboldt im Netz ; International Review for Humboldtian Studies, ISSN 1617-5239 / HiN VII, 12 (2006)
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Notes extern:The original publication is available at