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Experience

Wallace Stuart

in John Stuart Blackie

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780748611850
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748611850.003.0002
Experience

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This chapter discusses John Stuart Blackie's travels on the Continent that took place at a time when the Grand Tour had not fully recovered from the interruption of the Napoleonic Wars, but well before it had been replaced by the new era of Thomas Cook's Great Circular Tour for the middle classes. With the Forbes brothers at the University of Göttingen, Blackie matriculated in the Philosophy faculty on 18 May 1829. For Blackie, Göttingen seemed a paragon of academic virtue, compared to the meager routine of the Scottish Universities. After staying in Berlin, the Forbes brothers joined him in his travel to Italy on 25 March 1830. He had become fluent in the Italian language, but beyond this, Italian had nothing to offer someone whose heart was already preoccupied by the Germans.

Keywords: John Stuart Blackie; Continent; Napoleonic Wars; Thomas Cook; Forbes brothers; University of Göttingen; Philosophy; Scottish Universities

Chapter.  15341 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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