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Making national identity. The construction of Germanic Mythology in 19th century.

Project description

Germanic mythology and national identity

The process of religious, political, cultural and social demythologisation initiated after World War II seems to be at a stalemate, revealing that contradictions relative to the cult of reason and the Dialectic of Enlightenment persist. The renewed mythologisation of the political sphere that has emerged threatens a rational debate. The EU-funded MYTH project will perform the first systematic study on the birth of Germanic mythology in the 19th century. The project envisages demonstrating how German intellectuals created a Germanic mythology system based on elements typical to both Nordic myth and Greco-Roman mythology. This Germanic myth emerged as an alternative model to the classical one to shape nationalistic political and cultural identities.

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Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 219 312