Rüdiger Schaper: Alexander von Humboldt. Siedler Verlag (Hardcover, 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899, Germany, Europe: mountains, coastlines etc.)

Alexander von Humboldt

The Prussian and the new worlds

Original Title: Alexander von Humboldt

Hardcover with jacket, 288 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-8275-0074-8
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Siedler

Date of publication: March 12, 2018
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Rüdiger  Schaper - Alexander von Humboldt


A new look at the universal genius: How Prussia influenced Humboldt

"Alexander von Humboldt is 57 years old, world-famous and broke and has to return to Berlin." This is the beginning of Rüdiger Schaper's biography of the great universal scholar that gives us a new view of a personality who was of such historical influence worldwide.

Schaper's reflections are from the perspective of the last decades of Humboldt's life largely spent in his unloved Prussian homeland, when his many years spent on expeditions overseas were over. The author examines both Humboldt's journeys and his charismatic personality, tracing his Prussian heritage that was his shadow throughout his life. It is here, in his Prussian homeland, that Humboldt takes stock: he converts mind and matter, nature and history, science and art and his own travel adventures into a universal system.

"What the writer credits his protagonist with applies just as well to this enjoyable book overall: 'He develops a balance of system and sentiment.'"

mare - Die Zeitschrift der Meere


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