Marie Haller-Nevermann

“More a Part of the World than a City.” Berlin Classicism and its Protagonists Around 1800

"Mehr ein Weltteil als eine Stadt"

“More a Part of the World than a City.” Berlin Classicism and its Protagonists Around 1800

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Berlin around 1800 – the city of new beginnings

Poets, philosophers, Jews, Christians, members of the bourgeoisie and aristocracy, reformers of all kinds and Germany’s first comprehensive citizens’ movement – Marie Haller-Nevermann offers the first overview of Berlin’s emerging urban culture around 1800.

German classicism was much more than Goethe, Schiller and their satellites. Although Weimar, concentrated around the royal court, is generally known as its center, Berlin offered much greater freedom and dynamism for a multifaceted and self-searching bourgeois culture. It was in Berlin that the first national theater was built; that a lively salon and debate culture emerged, in which Jewish and Christian thinkers, merchants and officers and members of the bourgeoisie and aristocracy debated with each other in the spirit of the Enlightenment. And it was here, in Germany’s first big city that Karl Philipp Moritz wrote one of the first psychological novels of world literature; that Heinrich von Kleist founded the first daily evening paper; and that the idea of a modern university and classical secondary school were developed. And while intellectual life leveled off in Weimar with the death of the four greats (Goethe, Herder, Schiller and Wieland), a new generation was emerging with Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt, E. T. A. Hoffmann and Ludwig Tieck.

Cultural History


ISBN: 978-3-86971-113-3
release: 08. March 2018
512 pages, gebunden mit SU


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About the Author

Marie Haller-Nevermann lives and works in Berlin. Together with Dieter Rehwinkel, she published Kleist – ein moderner Aufklärer? and Franz Kafka – Visionär der Moderne. Her biography Friedrich Schiller – Ich kann nicht Fürstendiener sein was published in 2004.