It was through Stael's bestseller, De l'Allemagne, that the term "Romanticism," coined in Germany, reached Europe and America. Around this term, Stael built a new and universal agenda: her manifesto offered Napoleon's Europe an alternative to everything he stood for. In this ground-breaking work, John Claiborne Isbell reasserts Stael's place in history and analyzes her vast agenda, which covers every Classical and Romantic divide in art, philosophy, religion and society from 1789 to 1815. This investigation sheds new light on the two different revolutions that created modern Europe, as seen here by a leader of both.
"The importance of Mme. de Stael's De l'Allemagne can scarcely be questioned." Monatshefte "This is an important book that will undoubtedly encourgae debate across the spectrum of romantic criticism...The Birth of European Romaticism has great appeal to a wide general public as well as to specialists in the area." Philip Mellen, Germanic Notes and Reviews