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Translating the Enlightenment: Scottish Civic Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Germany (Oxford Historical Monographs) Hardcover – 3 Feb 1995


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Fania Oz-Salzberger is an Israeli writer and historian of ideas. Her most recent book, "Jews and Words" (Yale, November 2012), was co-authored with Amos Oz: it is a father-and-daughter, novelist-and-historian, personal and playful take on Jewish history and continuity.

Professor Oz-Salzberger wrote her doctoral thesis at Oxford University (book: "Translating the Enlightenment: Scottish Civic Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Germany", Oxford 1995). She was Fellow of the Jerusalem Institute for Advanced Studies (1997-8) and the Berlin Institute for Advanced Studies (1999-2000), and Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University (2009-10).

Her only short story, "The Scratch", won the first prize in the Ha'aretz short story competition of 1999. Her bestselling book "Israelis in Berlin" appeared in 2001, and sparked much debate both in Israel and in Germany. Other academic works include the Cambridge edition of Adam Ferguson's "Essay on the History of Civil Society" (1995) numerous articles and three co-edited volumes of essays on European (& Jewish and Israeli) history.

Fania lives with her family in Zichron Yaakov, Israel, and teaches at the University of Haifa. She occasionally catches her two sons reading real books, and few things are more delightful than that.

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a mature and successful work. Its logical structure and keenes of its perceptions are impressive. Oz-Salzberger's compararive analysis of social settings and civic discourse...is on the whole convincing and knowledgeably conducted. Its significance goes beyond the subject of this book, as it can be seen as a contribution to the compararive study of national... variants of the Enlightment...This work can serve as a model for similar studies - it is philologically precise, historically profound, and sensitive to differences in socio-cultural milieux. (German Historical Institute Bulletin)

subtle, well-researched and elegantly written study (Christopher Harvie, University of Tübingen, British Journal for Eighteenth-century Studies, vol. 19, part 2, Autumn 1996)

students of the period will find here many valuable discussions ranging well beyond the book's stated remit ... In particular the author offers clear and lively accounts of curricular innovations at the university of Göttingen ... this volume deserves the attention of both historians and literary critics, for it constitutes a major contribution not merely to our understanding of the intellectual relationships between Scotland and Germany in the eighteenth century, but also to the larger issue of how well enlightened political theory could travel beyond the context in which it was first devised and deployed ... written in a strikingly graceful and lucid style which itself provides an elegant rebuke to the failures in communication that the book laments (T.J. Hochstrasser, London School of Economics and Political Science)

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