Gothicism and Early Modern Historical Ethnography

  title={Gothicism and Early Modern Historical Ethnography},
  author={Kristoffer Neville},
  journal={Journal of the History of Ideas},
  pages={213 - 234}
  • K. Neville
  • Published 1 April 2009
  • History
  • Journal of the History of Ideas
GOTHICISM: PROBLEMS AND POSSIBILITIESEarly-modern Gothicism, or self-identification with the Gothic peoples described by classical authors, has usually been considered a Scandinavian, and particularly Swedish, affair. Particularly in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Swedish court and universities insisted militantly that the kingdom was the Gothic homeland, and this has fostered an assumption that Gothicism represents a kind of embryonic nationalism. This interpretation was almost… 
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