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By Vera M Kutzinski

Who used to be Alexander von Humboldt? used to be he relatively a lone genius? used to be he one other eu apologist for colonialism within the Americas or the daddy of Latin American independence? was once he a roving Romanticist, or did his sensibilities belong to the Enlightenment?

Naturalist, thinker, historian, and proto-sociologist--to identify just a few of the fields to which he contributed--, Humboldt is very unlikely to comprise in one identification or definition. His voluminous writings diversity throughout such a lot of various fields of data that his scholarly-scientific personae expanded even in the course of his lifetime, they usually have endured to proliferate due to the fact that his demise in 1859. A family observe during the 19th century, Humboldt used to be ultimately eclipsed via Charles Darwin (whose personal travels have been encouraged via Humboldt’s) and disappeared from view for a lot of the 20 th century, significantly within the usa. The essays during this assortment testify to the renewed curiosity that Alexander von Humboldt’s multi-faceted paintings is inspiring within the twenty-first century, specifically between cultural and literary historians from either side of the Atlantic.

This publication was once initially released as a distinct factor of Atlantic Studies.

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