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Rethinking Leviathan : the eighteenth-century state in Britain and Germany /
edited by John Brewer and Eckhart Hellmuth.
imprint
London : German Historical Institute ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999.
description
x, 402 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0199201897 (acid-free paper)
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London : German Historical Institute ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999.
isbn
0199201897 (acid-free paper)
contents note
Introduction : rethinking Leviathan / John Brewer and Eckhart Hellmuth -- Explaining variation in early modern state structure : the cases of England and the German territorial states / Thomas Ertman -- The army and the state in Britain and Germany during the eighteenth century / John Childs -- Reasonable aims of civil society : concerns of the state in German political theory in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries / Diethelm Klippel -- Eighteenth-century Britain : in search of the state and finding the quarter sessions / J.A.W. Gunn -- Servants of the public, servants of the crown : officialdom of eighteenth-century English central government / John Brewer -- The Prussian bureaucracy reconsidered / Rudolf Vierhaus -- The state in Germany : a non-Prussian view / Sheilagh Ogilvie -- Government and administration : everyday politics in the Holy Roman Empire / Christof Dipper -- The state and the poor : eighteenth-century England in European perspective / Joanna Innes -- Manners and the eighteenth-century state : the case of the unsociable Englishman / Paul Langford -- A monument to Frederick the Great : architecture, politics, and the state in late eighteenth-century Prussia / Eckhart Hellmuth -- Reform absolutism and the codification of law : the genesis and nature of the Prussian General Code (1794) / Günter Birtsch -- Codification, consolidation, and parliamentary statute / David Lieberman.
general note
A collection of essays originally presented at a conference which the German Historical Institute organized with the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel--Foreword.
catalogue key
3397100
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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'articles of real merit and importance for eighteenth-century specialists, while the determination to examine not merely the atypical case or Prussia but also the smaller German states is welcome and succesfully accomplished.'American Historical Review, February 2001
'articles of real merit and importance for eighteenth-century specialists,while the determination to examine not merely the atypical case or Prussia butalso the smaller German states is welcome and succesfully accomplished.'American Historical Review, February 2001
'this book ... is most welcome. ... This collection is a veritable chocolate box of interests for anyone interested in eighteenth century history. Perhaps because the essays were first read as papers they avoid much of the academic verbosity that mars much historical writing nowadays.'Contemporary Review, January 2000
'this book ... is most welcome. ... This collection is a veritablechocolate box of interests for anyone interested in eighteenth century history.Perhaps because the essays were first read as papers they avoid much of theacademic verbosity that mars much historical writing nowadays.'Contemporary Review, January 2000
'articles of real merit and importance for eighteenth-century specialists, while the determination to examine not merely the atypical case or Prussia but also the smaller German states is welcome and succesfully accomplished.'American Historical Review, February 2001'this book ... is most welcome. ... This collection is a veritable chocolate box of interests for anyone interested in eighteenth century history. Perhaps because the essays were first read as papers they avoid much of the academic verbosity that mars much historical writing nowadays.'Contemporary Review, January 2000
John Brewer and Eckhart Hellmuth: Introduction: Rethinking Leviathan Thomas Ertman: Explaining Variation in Early Modern State Structure: The Cases of England the German Territorial States John Childs: The Army and the State in Britain and Germany during the Eighteenth Century Diethelm Klippel: Reasonable Aims of Civil Society: Concerns of the State in German Political Theory in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries J. A. W. Gunn: Eighteenth-Century Britain: In Search of the State and Finding the Quarter Sessions John Brewer: Servants of the Public-Servants of the Crown: Officialdom of Eighteenth-Century English Central Government Rudolf Vierhaus: The Prussian Bureaucracy Reconsidered Sheilagh Ogilvie: The State in Germany: A Non-Prussian View Christof Dipper: Government and Administration: Everyday Politics in the Holy Roman Empire Joanna Innes: The State and the Poor: Eighteenth-Century England in European Perspective Paul Langford: Manners and the Eighteenth-Century State: The Case of the Unsociable Englishman Eckhart Hellmuth: A Monument to Frederick the Great: Architecture, Politics, and the State in Late Eighteenth-Century Prussia Gunter Birtsch: Reform Absolutism and the Codification of Law: The Genesis and Nature of the Prussian General Code (1794) David Lieberman: Codification, Consolidation, and Parliamentary Statute
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Summaries
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Offering an approach to the history of the modern state, this text concentrates on the 18th century and on two cases, those of Britain and Germany.
Long Description
Rethinking Leviathan offers a new approach to the history of the modern state. It concentrates on the eighteenth century and on two cases, those of Britain and Germany. These two countries have always been test-cases for historians and social scientists looking at the development of the modern state because they have been seen as presenting the two main alternatives in the state-building process. Using a comparative study of the British and German states, including Prussia, it deconstructs certain clichés about them and forces us to rethink how to study states in the early modern era. The volume is less concerned with the theory of the state or the formal constitutional conditions under which governments operate than with their actual modus operandi. The subjects covered in this volume include some which have so far been ignored in reconstructing the history of the modern state.
Long Description
This book offers a new approach to the history of the modern state. It concentrates on the eighteenth century and on the cases of Britain and Germany. By using a comparative study of these two states, including Prussia, it deconstructs certain cliches about them and forces us to rethink how to study states in the early modern era.
Main Description
Rethinking Leviathan offers a new approach to the history of the modern state. It concentrates on the eighteenth century and on two cases, those of Britain and Germany. These two countries have always been test-cases for historians and social scientists looking at the development of the modernstate because they have been seen as presenting the two main alternatives in the state-building process. Using a comparative study of the British and German states, including Prussia, it deconstructs certain cliches about them and forces us to rethink how to study states in the early modern era.The volume is less concerned with the theory of the state or the formal constitutional conditions under which governments operate than with their actual modus operandi. The subjects covered in this volume include some which have so far been ignored in reconstructing the history of the modernstate.
Main Description
This book offers a new approach to the history of the modern state. It concentrates on the eighteenth century and on the cases of Britain and Germany. By using a comparative study of these two states, including Prussia, it deconstructs certain clich s about them and forces us to rethink how to study states in the early modern era.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Rethinking Leviathan, John Brewer and Eckhart Hellmuth
Explaining Variation in Early Modern State Structure: The Cases of England the German Territorial States
The Army and the State in Britain and Germany during the Eighteenth Century
Reasonable Aims of Civil Society: Concerns of the State in German Political Theory in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries
Eighteenth-Century Britain: In Search of the State and Finding the Quarter Sessions
Servants of the Public-Servants of the Crown: Officialdom of Eighteenth-Century English Central Government
The Prussian Bureaucracy Reconsidered
The State in Germany: A Non-Prussian View
Government and Administration: Everyday Politics in the Holy Roman Empire
The State and the Poor: Eighteenth-Century England in European Perspective
Manners and the Eighteenth-Century State: The Case of the Unsociable Englishman
A Monument to Frederick the Great: Architecture, Politics, and the State in Late Eighteenth-Century Prussia
Reform Absolutism and the Codification of Law: The Genesis and Nature of the Prussian General Code (1794)
Codification, Consolidation, and Parliamentary Statute
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