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To finish my experiment with spacing the posts, I bring you at last…. Richard Wagner. He is such a monumental figure that it’s easy to find information on him – check this official site for a variety of biographical material, interviews, and information about his works. But he is also a very problematic figure as […]

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This week’s “readings” are more like “listenings.” Music played a powerful role in 19th century nationalism, and this week we are going to consider how. In one way, we’ll use music as a stand-in for a whole variety of cultural products: novels, plays, poems, songs, and all. So how would culture influence nationalism? Consider the […]

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So far in the course we have tended to concentrate on England and France — two of the most solid and successful states of the 18th and 19th centuries. Both of these states achieved early on a unified state and society: uncontested borders, coherent and rationalized language, single state-sponsored religion, and a culturally influential capital […]

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