Translations, Histories, Enlightenments: William Robertson in Germany, 1760-1795

The latest book by Laszlo Kontler, professor in the Department of History, discusses the reception of the Scottish historian William Robertson in the 1760s to 1790s in Germany. The volume is a case study on the potentials and limitations of intellectual communication across cultural and linguistic frontiers within the enlightened "republic of letters", and it also reinforces and enriches the trend in eighteenth-century studies which emphasizes that besides the approximate unity of questions in the Enlightenment's intellectual agenda, the answers showed significant diversity and were contingent upon local and individual factors. For more information, see