- Bomen hebben wortels, mensen hebben benen, ideeën hebben vleugels: een introductie
- De Negentiende Eeuw
- Volume | Issue number
- 32 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR)
Trees have roots, people have legs, ideas have wings: an introduction
Taking a philological field trip in 1837 by A.H. Hoffmann von Fallersleben as an example, this essay demonstrates how the rise of medievalism and national philology in the Netherlands was not a homegrown development, but a result of Dutch-Flemish, Flemish-German and Dutch-German cross-currents. The sample case is used to demonstrate various approaches in transnational history. Poly-system theory, Cultural Transfer, histoire croisée, innovation-diffusion modelling and Actor-Network Theory are all useful correctives to infrastructural determinism. But the implicit capacity of culture to communicate and disseminate itself beyond its context of origin (already reflected in the ninth-century manuscript discovered by Hoffmann on his field trip) should be recogniozed as a fundamental starting point in all historical reearch.
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