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Honor in nineteenth-century Germany is usually thought of as an anachronistic aristocratic tradition confined to the duelling elites. In this innovative study Ann Goldberg shows instead how it pervaded all aspects of German life and how, during an era of rapid modernization, it was adapted and incorporated into the modern state, industrial capitalism, and mass politics. In business, state administration, politics, labor relations, gender and racial matters, Germans contested questions of honor in an explosion of defamation litigation. Dr Goldberg surveys court cases, newspaper reportage, and parliamentary debates, exploring the conflicts of daily life and the intense politicization of libel jurisprudence in an era when an authoritarian state faced off against groups and individuals from 'below' claiming new citizenship rights around a democratized notion of honor and law. Her fascinating account provides a nuanced and important understanding of the political, legal and social history of imperial Germany.Read more
- Highlights the changes that led to the new democratic rights of citizenship
- Considers the widespread practice of the defamation lawsuit, providing the reader with a unique account of this period
- Uses a variety of data from court cases, newspapers and parliamentary debates
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"...important and well-written book..." -Ute Frevert, The Journal of Modern HistorySee more reviews
"Goldberg’s rich and nuanced account shows that appeals to honor could be both progressive and regressive, depending on the context." -Warren Rosenblum, German Studies Review
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- Date Published: June 2012
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107411494
- length: 228 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.34kg
- availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
Table of Contents
1. The development of the law
2. Honor disputes and everyday life
3. The state
5. Popular mobilizations: Jews and lunatics
Conclusion: beyond 1914.
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