Language Choice in Enlightenment Europe

Language Choice in Enlightenment Europe. Education, Sociability, and Governance, edited by Vladislav Rjéoutski and Willem Frijhoff, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018

This multinational collection of essays challenges the traditional image of a monolingual Ancient Regime in Enlightenment Europe, both East and West. Its archival research explores the important role played by selective language use in social life and in the educational provisions in the early constitution of modern society. A broad range of case studies show how language was viewed and used symbolically by social groups – ranging from the nobility to the peasantry – to develop, express, and mark their identities.

The release is one of the key publications within the research project „Sprache in Bildung und Erziehung im Russischen Imperium des 18. Jahrhunderts“.

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