Alexandra Rohde Tipei
- Doctoral Student
- Indiana University Bloomington
For Your Civilization and Ours: Greece, Romania, Poland, and the Making of French Universalism
This transnational intellectual history examines the dynamics of nineteenth-century political, cultural, and intellectual relations between France, Greece, Romania, and Poland. It focuses on the transmission of languages and models of national construction from France to Eastern Europe and on the impact of events and statements emanating from Eastern Europe on French politics and culture. It recasts nineteenth-century political intellectualities as participants not only in a local, but also an international dialogue, emphasizing the agency of Eastern European actors in a pan-European discourse. The study accomplishes this by looking at networks that crisscrossed these four countries in formation and at the specific concepts, narratives, ideas, and words they used to further their agendas.