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Interest in English Language and Culture in Dubrovnik on the Eve of the Fall of the Republic

Veselin Kostić

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str. 191-207

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Following a great period of economic, maritime and other relations between the Republic of Dubrovnik and England, after 1650 the cultural links between the two states were almost completely severed for almost a century. The paper discusses some signs of the revival of interest in English language and culture in Dubrovnik in the latter half of the eighteenth and at the beginning of the nineteenth century. There were people in Dubrovnik who took pains to learn English, who were anxious to obtain English books and who were interested in the philosophical, historical and literary works of English authors. Evidence of this interest can be found in the private correspondence of some Dubrovnik intellectuals, in the translations of English works made in Dubrovnik, and, particularly, in the catalogues of some family libraries that have been preserved. The author analyzes this evidence and comes to the conclusion that it extends considerably our knowledge of the presence and influence of English culture in this region.

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