Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Inauguration of the statue of Ernest Renan at Tréguier on 13 September 1903.

Speech at the inauguration of the statue of Ernest Renan at Tréguier on 13 September 1903. 
Illustrations in colors and etchings by Serge Solomko. 
Paris, A. & F. Ferroud, 1922. In-12 °.

Joseph Ernest Renan (French: [ʁənɑ̃]; 28 February 1823 – 2 October 1892[1]) was a French expert of Middle East ancient languages and civilizations (philology),philosopherhistorian, and writer, devoted to his native province of Brittany. He is best known for his influential historical works on early Christianity, and his politicaltheories, especially concerning nationalism and national identity. Renan is credited as being among the first scholars to advance the Khazar theory, which held thatAshkenazi Jews were descendants of Turkic peoples who had adopted Jewish religion and migrated to Western Europe following the collapse of their khanate.