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2 Visionaries: Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace

            Ada Lovelace has become a feminist icon, celebrated for achievements which were
            forgotten or written out of mainstream history. Her story, and that of the people
            around her, is unique in many respects, but it also helps illuminate our “stories of
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            hearts and minds” in the 19  century.

            Metternich, Mazzini and the reason/emotion divide.
            When we looked at Metternich and Mazzini, it was pretty clear how they fitted into
            the conversation between the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Consider these

            quotes:

            Metternich:
            “The progress of the human mind has been extremely rapid in the course of the last
            three centuries. This progress has been accelerated more rapidly than the growth of
            wisdom, the only counterpoise to passions and to error.”


            “Man's nature is immutable. The first needs of society are and remain the same, and
            the differences which they seem to offer find their explanation in the diversity of
            influences, acting on the different races by natural causes, such as the diversity of
            climate, barrenness or richness of soil, insular or continental position, &c. &c. These
            local differences no doubt produce effects which extend far beyond purely physical
            necessities; they create and determine particular needs in a more elevated sphere;
            finally, they determine the laws, and exercise an influence even on religions.”


            “Ten million ignorances do not constitute one knowledge.”

            Mazzini:
            “Love your country. Your country is the land where your parents sleep, where is
            spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart, blushing, whispered the first
            word of love; it is the home that God has given you that by striving to perfect

            yourselves therein you may prepare to ascend to him.”

            “A Country is not a mere territory; the particular territory is only its foundation. The
            Country is the idea which rises upon that foundation; it is the sentiment of love, the
            sense of fellowship which binds together all the sons of that territory.”

            “O my Brothers! love your Country. Our Country is our home, the home which God has
            given us, placing therein a numerous family which we love and are loved by, and with
            which we have a more intimate and quicker communion of feeling and thought than

            with others.”
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