C. Enlightened Spaces
6. Enlightenment in Global Networks
European culture is connected with the different areas of the world, and not only since the colonial era. Besides the missions and colonies in the Americas, in both Indias as well as in other parts of the world, a significant strain on the traditional powers and cultures, as well as hegemonic claims, can also always be found.
What can, aspires to or should be considered enlightened in the face of this global constellation? What should not? The topic “Enlightenment in global networks” will accordingly resituate these questions in relationship to missionary endeavours and colonialism.
7. Anhalt-Dessau: Model Land of the Enlightenment?
Anhalt-Dessau was, at the end of the 18th century, among the so-called “less-powerful” imperial territories. The territory owed its reputation beyond its narrow borders to the willingness of Prince Leopold III (Friedrich Franz von Hanhalt-Dessau) to display his prestige in the Garden Kingdom of Wörlitz. This landscaped garden and its buildings already earned the prince a great renown during his lifetime.