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Oxford Studies in Modern European History

From the Holy Roman Empire to the Land of the Tsars

One Family's Odyssey, 1768-1870

Alexander M. Martin

From the Holy Roman Empire to the Land of the Tsars

Oxford Studies in Modern European History

From the Holy Roman Empire to the Land of the Tsars

One Family's Odyssey, 1768-1870

Oxford Studies in Modern European History: From the Holy Roman Empire to the Land of the Tsars

 

Presenting a broad panorama of society and culture in the German lands and Russia from the Enlightenment to the breakthrough of modernity, this microhistory of one extraordinary family explores how the lives of individual people are entangled with the great forces of their age.


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In an archive in Russia, Alexander M. Martin discovered an unsigned German memoir about the disastrous occupation of Moscow by the army of Napoleon. Who was the anonymous author, and what brought him to Moscow in the fateful year of 1812? Searching for the answer, Martin discovered an extraordinary story of ambition and self-fashioning in the German states and Russia at the dawn of the modern age.

The memoir's author, Johannes Ambrosius Rosenstrauch (1768-1835), was a shape-shifter who embodied the restless mobility of the Age of Revolution. A native of Prussia, he wandered across the German lands and Holland, lived for years in St. Petersburg and Moscow, and finally settled on the Ukrainian steppe. He was a barber-surgeon, then an actor, then a businessman. He was raised a Catholic, became a prominent Freemason, and ended his life as a Lutheran pastor. He saw the Napoleonic Wars, the
terminal crisis of Germany's Holy Roman Empire, and the rise of the centralized nineteenth-century Russian autocracy. When Europe changed after the Napoleonic Wars, his family changed with it: his son Wilhelm (1792-1870) fashioned himself into a quintessential Moscow bourgeois of the age of Nicholas I,
but was finally brought low in the 1860s by new forces that he could no longer control.

Presenting a broad panorama of society and culture in the German lands and Russia from the Enlightenment to the breakthrough of modernity, this microhistory explores how the lives of individual people are entangled with the great forces of their age.


ISBN
9780192844378
Pagina's
416
Verschijnt
Serie
Oxford Studies in Modern European History
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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