Rethinking Leviathan: The Eighteenth-Century State in Britain and Germany

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorJohn Brewer, Eckhart Hellmuth

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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.

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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 presen...

John Brewer is at European University Institute, Florence. Eckhart Hellmuth is at University of Munich.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199201897

ISBN - 13:9780199201891

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Table of Contents

John Brewer and Eckhart Hellmuth: Introduction: Rethinking LeviathanThomas Ertman: Explaining Variation in Early Modern State Structure: The Cases of England the German Territorial StatesJohn Childs: The Army and the State in Britain and Germany during the Eighteenth CenturyDiethelm Klippel: Reasonable Aims of Civil Society: Concerns of the State in German Political Theory in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth CenturiesJ. A. W. Gunn: Eighteenth-Century Britain: In Search of the State and Finding the Quarter SessionsJohn Brewer: Servants of the Public-Servants of the Crown: Officialdom of Eighteenth-Century English Central GovernmentRudolf Vierhaus: The Prussian Bureaucracy ReconsideredSheilagh Ogilvie: The State in Germany: A Non-Prussian ViewChristof Dipper: Government and Administration: Everyday Politics in the Holy Roman EmpireJoanna Innes: The State and the Poor: Eighteenth-Century England in European PerspectivePaul Langford: Manners and the Eighteenth-Century State: The Case of the Unsociable EnglishmanEckhart Hellmuth: A Monument to Frederick the Great: Architecture, Politics, and the State in Late Eighteenth-Century PrussiaGunter 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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`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