A Metabiography of Alexander von Humboldt

  • The author’s recently published monograph on Alexander von Humboldt' describes the multiple images of this great cultural icon. The book is a metabiographical study that shows how from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present day Humboldt has served as a nucleus of crystallisation for a variety of successive socio-political ideologies, each producing its own distinctive representation of him. The historiographical implications of this biographical diversity are profound and support current attempts to understand historical scholarship in terms of memory cultures.

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Author:Nicolaas A. Rupke
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2006/10/25
Publishing Institution:Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Release Date:2006/10/25
Tag:Alexander von Humboldt; Universalgelehrter
biographical diversity; metabiographical study about Humboldt
Source:Humboldt im Netz 12 (VII)
Institutes:BBAW / Akademienvorhaben Alexander-von-Humboldt-Forschung
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Wissenschaft, Allgemeines / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 000 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke
Schriftenreihen in Einzelbeiträgen:BBAW / Humboldt im Netz (HiN) / HiN VII, 12 (2006)