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Aufruf des kaiserl. russischen General-Feldmarschalls, Fürsten Kutusow-Smolenskoi, an die Teutschen, vom 25. März 1813, wieder abgedruckt im Juli 1814, nebst einem kurzen Vorwort
[Frankfurt am Main], 1814. Octavo (18.5 × 11.5 cm). Sewn brochure with ochre paper spine strip; 15 pp. Old shelf mark to title verso; else a very good copy. Scarce pamphlet reproducing the text of an appeal to the German people by Prince Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov (1845-1813), one of the key military officers in eighteenth-century Russia, known best, perhaps, for serving as commander-in-chief in 1812 and driving Napoleon's army out of Russia after it captured Moscow. Kutuzov's words of support for a "new-born Germany," united with Russia's rulers against the potential dangers still emanating from the French Empire, are amplified by a harsh anti-French preface by the anonymous publisher, the German Nationalist poet, historian, and activist Ernst Moritz Arndt (1769-1860). Evidently, it was allowed to be published only after Karl August von Hardenberg interceded: "Auf Steins Anregung erneut gedruckt und durch Arndt mit einem Vorwort versehen, das sich in ungewohnter Schärfe gegen schwankende deutsche Mittelstaaten richtet. Der Berliner Zensor Renfner wollte diese Schrift daher nicht passieren lassen, musste deren Verkauf dann allerdings auf Anweisung Hardenbergs gestatten" (siehe Bibliographie der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gesellschaft, accessible online). Cat. Russica A1101. KVK and OCLC only locate the copies at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Zürich, and Geheimes Staatsarchiv Berlin.
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