The Making of a German Constitution: A Slow Revolution by Margaret Barber CrosbyThe Making of a German Constitution: A Slow Revolution by Margaret Barber Crosby

The Making of a German Constitution: A Slow Revolution

byMargaret Barber Crosby, Barber Crosby Margaret

Paperback | February 1, 2008

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The Making of a German Constitution is one of the first books to explore the important place of the theory and practice of private law (civil law) in the transformation of Modern Germany's fin-de-si¿cle constitutional arrangements. Reading sources from early nineteenth-century private law scholarship, the book offers a thought-provoking and novel understanding of German political development. The author argues that the German idea of sovereignty grew out of a dual conception of law not only as the product of socio-political transformation, but also as a means to it. In the short term, a modern social and political system in Germany was attained through non-violent means and the domestic authority of the Kaiser was severely limited by law. However, the exclusive bourgeois socio-political arrangements that were installed in this era led to considerable discontent in German society, particularly with regard to gender and class tensions. The "slow B¿rgerliche Revolution" thus contributed to the traumatic ruptures that mark German history in the first third of the twentieth century.
Margaret Barber Crosby is Associate Professor of Modern European History, Department of History, Howard University.
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Title:The Making of a German Constitution: A Slow RevolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:February 1, 2008Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Transforming the Reich: Toward a New Political History of Modern Germany Chapter I: Prelude to Modern Germany: Iurisdictio and the German Idea of Sovereignty Chapter II: Toward a Modern Nation: Friedrich Karl von Savigny and the Growth of Modern Legal Politics Chapter III: Images of the Gemeinwesen: The Germanists and the Growth of German Customary Law Constitutionalism Chapter IV: Undermining Absolutism: The Path of Legalism and Constituting the Nation 1848-1879 Chapter V: A Century of Promise: Eheliches G¿terrecht, Women's Wealth and Independence in Nineteenth Century Germany Chapter VI: The Last Bastion: The B¿rgerliches Gesetzbuch and the Transformation of German Society Chapter VII: Discontent in the B¿rgerliche Republic: Exclusion and Popular Resentment 1900-1933 Chapter VIII: Conclusion: The German Idea of Revolution: Some Final Thoughts

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'Reconnecting the socio-political history of modern Germany with legal history, Crosby offers an extraordinarily perceptive and methodologically innovative analysis of the covert constitutional transformation that was tantamount to the Kaiserreich's 'bourgeois revolution'.'V.R. Berghahn, Columbia University'This book combines German constitutional and social history with legal history of the 19th century up to the German codification of civil law (1896/1900). The viewpoints are original and the book includes the socialist criticism of the codification in favour of women. A new and not yet sufficiently discussed perspective.'Michael Stolleis, Max-Planck-Institut f¿r europ¿ische Rechtsgeschichte