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Property and Civil Society in South-Western Germany 1820-1914
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Property and Civil Society in South-Western Germany 1820-1914

Jonathan Sperber


Historians have often employed the concept of civil society — an intermediary realm between the family and the state — to analyze 19th-century Europe and North America, in doing so concentrating on voluntary associations, the press and public meetings, the constituent elements of Jürgen Habermas's public sphere, while overlooking a central element of 19th century civil society: property and its disposition, whether within the family or in the marketplace. Based on extensive civil court records, this book examines the place of property in the society of the Palatinate, a region of south-western ... More

Keywords: civil society, public sphere, property, family, 19th century, south-western Germany, social history, legal history, law, Palatinate

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199284757
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284757.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Sperber, author
Curators' Professor of History, University of Missouri
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