József Eötvös: A Brilliant Political Theorist


I’ve been reading again József Eötvös’s simply brilliant two volume work The Dominant Ideas of the Nineteenth Century and Their Impact on the State (two boring flights from Buffalo, New York to DC today helped). I’ll write up something on his ideas later, but for now, I was amazed at how prescient he was about the future of Europe. (If you buy it, don’t forget to get the second volume, on “Remedies.”) I wish his other books were also available. I read Die Nationalita?tenfrage some years ago (I translated some important passages in my book Realizing Freedom) and wish it would be made available in an English edition…or even put back into print in German. (I read a photocopy I made from an original from 1865.)

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