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The Emancipation of Writing

German Civil Society in the Making, 1790s–1820s
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ISBN-13:
9780520928527
Seiten:
345
Autor:
Ian McNeely
Serie:
48, Studies on the History of Society and Culture
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The Emancipation of Writing is the first study of writing in its connection to bureaucracy, citizenship, and the state in Germany. Stitching together micro- and macro-level analysis, it reconstructs the vibrant, textually saturated civic culture of the German southwest in the aftermath of the French Revolution and Napoleon's invasions. Ian F. McNeely reveals that Germany's notoriously oppressive bureaucracy, when viewed through the writing practices that were its lifeblood, could also function as a site of citizenship. Citizens, acting under the mediation of powerful local scribes, practiced their freedoms in written engagements with the state. Their communications laid the basis for civil society, showing how social networks commonly associated with the free market, the free press, and the voluntary association could also take root in powerful state institutions.
The Emancipation of Writing is the first study of writing in its connection to bureaucracy, citizenship, and the state in Germany. Stitching together micro- and macro-level analysis, it reconstructs the vibrant, textually saturated civic culture of the German southwest in the aftermath of the French Revolution and Napoleon's invasions. Ian F. McNeely reveals that Germany's notoriously oppressive bureaucracy, when viewed through the writing practices that were its lifeblood, could also function as a site of citizenship. Citizens, acting under the mediation of powerful local scribes, practiced their freedoms in written engagements with the state. Their communications laid the basis for civil society, showing how social networks commonly associated with the free market, the free press, and the voluntary association could also take root in powerful state institutions.
Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction



PART I

OFFICIAL POWER AND THE PAPER TRAIL



Chapter 1 The civic landscape

Political culture

Social geography

Mediating institutions



Chapter 2 The tutelage of the scribes

The formality of daily life

Manipulations of authority

Crisis in the writing trades



Chapter 3 The Black Forest Cahier

Political ventriloquism

Networks of collegiality

Provincials and cosmopolitans

A breach of protocol



Chapter 4 Constitutional fetishism

Litigating local conflict

Democratization by codification

Heinrich Bolley v. the king

Epilogue



PART II

INSCRIBING A SPACE OF FREEDOM



Chapter 5 Transcending "textual serfdom"

Administrative colonization

Tutelage on a new terrain

The reconstitution of politics



Chapter 6 Reading, writing, and reform

Edicts: the letter of the law

Sociography and enforcement

Knowledge entrepreneurs



Chapter 7 Cataloging the social world

Statistical topography

Patriotic science

Encyclopedism as local passion



Chapter 8 The intelligence gazettes

Popular Enlightenment

Reaching the citizenry

The market for information



Conclusion

Abbreviations

Glossary

Sources

Notes