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The Romantic Revolution: A History - Timothy C.W. Blanning

Tim Blanning's book is a marvel -- within a little more than 200 pages he provides a sophisticated analysis of the Romantic movement in all its diversity. Starting with its origins as a reaction to the 18th century Enlightenment, he describes the main themes of Romanticism, including its celebration of nature, its fetishization of dreams, and its embrace of "folk." Though its visual reproductions necessarily leave a little to be desired and Blanning's assumption of his reader's familiarity with the main figures and works of the movement makes it difficult to recommend his book as an introduction to Romanticism, it is a lucid summary of its motivating ideas, one that everyone interested in Romanticism or the culture of the modern West should read.