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Keywords

Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859; Intellectuals--Biography; Intellectuals---Historiography;

Abstract

This thesis explores the memory of Alexander von Humboldt, the explorer and philosopher who was known for his travels throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and North America. This paper will examine primary and secondary sources throughout the 19th and 20th centuries that mark a change in just how Humboldt was remembered, once as a great thinker, philosopher, and romanticist, then eventually as little more than an empirical scientist. This thesis will contribute to modern understandings of this man by looking at popular publications and writings that track this change over time. It will contribute to the modern understanding and revisiting of who exactly Humboldt was and how he helped form the understanding of the American West, but also the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, Thomas Jefferson, and Charles Darwin. There was much more to this man than what has been assumed over the course of the last century.

Date of Award

2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of History

First Advisor

Brian Roberts, Chair

Date Original

2015

Object Description

1 PDF file (iii, 67 pages)

Language

EN

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