The Making of a German Constitution: A Slow Revolution

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Berg, Feb 1, 2008 - History - 320 pages
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The Making of a German Constitution is one of the first books to explore the important place of the theory and practice of private law (civil law) in the transformation of Modern Germany's fin-de-siècle constitutional arrangements. Reading sources from early nineteenth-century private law scholarship, the book offers a thought-provoking and novel understanding of German political development. The author argues that the German idea of sovereignty grew out of a dual conception of law not only as the product of socio-political transformation, but also as a means to it. In the short term, a modern social and political system in Germany was attained through non-violent means and the domestic authority of the Kaiser was severely limited by law. However, the exclusive bourgeois socio-political arrangements that were installed in this era led to considerable discontent in German society, particularly with regard to gender and class tensions. The "slow Bürgerliche Revolution" thus contributed to the traumatic ruptures that mark German history in the first third of the twentieth century.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Prelude to Modern Germany
27
2 Toward a German Nation
57
3 Images of the Gemeinwesen
99
4 Undermining Absolutism
131
5 A Century of Promise
167
6 Last Bastion
189
7 Discontent in the Bürgerliche Society 19001933
219
8 Conclusion
251
Bibliography
267
Index
289
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Margaret Barber Crosby is Associate Professor of Modern European History, Department of History, Howard University.

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