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The political, social, and cultural layout of  Germany  in the eighteenth century inhibited  much of the Enlightenment advancements that took place in France. Germany was  divided into a number of smaller states, most of which were ruled by despots who stifled  intellectual development. The total number of German newspapers had barely increased  at all in the 150 years leading up to the Enlightenment, and the literary language in the  country was predominantly Latin, which made the dispersion of other Enlightened works  difficult. 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, 
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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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