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William Morris and the Idea of CommunityRomance, History and Propaganda, 1880-1914$
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Anna Vaninskaya

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641499

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641499.001.0001

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The Dark Ages

The Dark Ages

(p.75) Chapter 3 The Dark Ages
William Morris and the Idea of Community

Anna Vaninskaya

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the eliciting of laws of social evolution during the second half of the nineteenth century. It points out that grand schemes of evolution should have solid reference points, and that reconstruction was not limited to the enthusiasts of early Germanic society. It discusses the assumptions and phraseology of the discourse's founding texts, as well as Teutonist historiography.

Keywords:   social evolution, reference points, reconstruction, early Germanic society, phraseology, founding texts, Teutonist historiography

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