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A History of Public Law in Germany 1914–1945$
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Michael Stolleis

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269365.001.0001

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The Long Farewell

The Long Farewell

(p.1) 1 The Long Farewell
A History of Public Law in Germany 1914–1945

Michael Stolleis

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives a brief sketch of the most important factual developments that provided the foundation of the academic and intellectual world of public law in the year 1914. The book does not move ‘forward’ along a single ideational track, nor is it even possible to determine criteria for such a ‘track’. Moreover, the notion of ‘development’, which generally contains elements of determinism or suggests progress, is, if anything, misleading in the field of jurisprudence. On the basis of texts of ‘established law’, the actors in this process communicate about a hierarchy of linguistic patterns that are used to interpret and regulate social reality. This chapter attempts to sketch the atmospheric background, and to illuminate how the teaching and research of public law unfolded within the social and political context of the time, reacted to this context, and in part helped to shape it.

Keywords:   public law, jurisprudence, established law, linguistic patterns, social reality

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