History, Liberty, and the Exceptionalisms of Germany and America
America and Germany underwent protracted conflicts in the mid-nineteenth century to solidify and modernize their political unions. Both relied heavily on particular ideas and themes to bind their people more effectively in the aftermath of those struggles. One nation focused on its unique set of founding ideas, the other on its unique institutions and historical condition. The conference contrasted the claims of the two and explored whether some form of national exceptionalism is necessary for a free society.
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