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Moreover, whereas France had a combination of antsy intellectuals and flighty nobility,  as well as a boom in middle-class literacy, Germany did not. Germany lacked the  distinct rift between the middle class and the aristocracy, and there was not nearly the  popular discontent with religion or the Church that there was in France. As a result,  many German intellectuals refuted the French idea of empiricism, refusing to believe  that a simplistic set of laws, akin to the laws of physics or astronomy, could dictate the  operation of human society. Germany’s literary landscape was also quite jumbled: it had  no distinct literary style, and different regions pulled from different languages and  influences. Nonetheless, after King  Frederick the Great  of Prussia introduced some Enlightenment  ideas from other parts of Europe, a small  German Enlightenment  (often known by its 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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