Originally published in 1986, this book charts the significance of one of the most important eighteenth-century diplomats serving at the Prussian court. It discusses his role in establishing a harmonious relationship with Frederick The Great and the formulation and implementation of Britain’s continental policy during and after the Seven Years War.
Creating an American Identity examines the relationship between regionalism and nationalism in New England between 1789 and 1825. During that period New Englanders and their neighbors in New York and Pennsylvania used trans-Atlantic symbols at the same time as a model and an antithesis in the creation of their own national identity. In inventing their collective identity, Northerners not only excluded Europeans, but also Southerners from their vision of America. Widely used visual representations of New England landscapes, virtues, and people created a strong loyalty to the region. Surprisingly, New Englanders utilized their regionalism to forge an American nationalism.
Ireland and Germany is a study in the reciprocal literary relations of Ireland and Germany from the Middle Ages to the present day. After an initial survey of their literary and cultural relations before 1700, the literary impact of each culture upon the other during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries is separately surveyed and analysed in terms of national image, literary fortune, literary influence, and creative reception. A concluding reference section lists some 600 German translations of nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish writing.