Analysis Of Tim Blanning's The Romantic Revolution
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Tim Blanning is a leading scholar in the Enlightenment through the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. In his book “The Romantic Revolution” he argues that we must “... Enter the world of the romantics by the routes they chose themselves”.[ Tim Blanning, The romantic revolution, (London, 2010)
] This mean that to fully understand the romantic era we must know or experience it’s many appearances in literature, music and art. His book is filled with references to operas, paintings and novels from the time of the Romantic Revolution. The word “revolution” is usually associated with the likes of the French Revolution or the American Revolution, but Blanning, in his book deals with a different, less dramatic revolution; a revolution of the mind.
The romantic revolution is not easy to describe, Hegel comes the closest as he describes the period as one of “absolute inwardness”.[ Tim Blanning, The romantic revolution, (London, 2010)
] The book is divided into two main ideas both relating to romanticism. The idea of Romanticism as a revolution and as Hegel’s “absolute inwardness”. The central insight of the book is that “European culture has not repeated itself cyclically but has developed dialectically”.[ Tim Blanning, The romantic revolution, (London, 2010) p. 181
The idea of romanticism replacing enlightenment is dealt with in this book and is described as “a new phase in the long running dialectic between a culture of feeling and a culture of reason”.[ Tim Blanning,