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Law in West German Democracy

Seventy Years of History as Seen Through German Courts

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Hugh Ridley

Law in West German Democracy relates the history of the Federal Republic of Germany as seen through a series of significant trials conducted between 1947 and 2017, explaining how these trials came to take place, the legal issues which they raised, and their importance to the development of democracy in a country slowly emerging from a murderous and criminal régime. It thus illustrates the central issues of the new republic. If, as a Minister for Justice once remarked, crime can be seen as ‘the reverse image of any political system, the shadow cast by the social and economic structures of the day’, it is natural to use court cases to illuminate the eventful history of the Federal Republic’s first seventy years.

The Militant Middle Ages

Contemporary Politics between New Barbarians and Modern Crusaders

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Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri

In The Militant Middle Ages, historian Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri delves into common perceptions of the Middle Ages and how these views shape contemporary political contexts. Today more than ever, the medieval era is mined from across the political spectrum for symbols, examples, allegories, and models to represent and interpret the present. From “new crusades” to fantasy literature and cosplay, from Catholic Traditionalism to environmentalism, from neo-Vikings to medieval tourism and festivals, Carpegna Falconieri leads us in an impassioned and often disquieting journey through the “Modern Middle Ages.” The first book-length study dedicated to the broad phenomenon of political medievalism, The Militant Middle Ages offers a new lens for scrutinizing contemporary society through its instrumentalization of the medieval past.

First published in Italian as “Medioevo militante. La politica di oggi alle prese con barbarie e crociati” - © 2011 Giulio Einaudi editore s.p.a., Torino.

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Edited by Michał Gałędek and Anna Klimaszewska

The driving force of the dynamic development of world legal history in the past few centuries, with the dominance of the West, was clearly the demands of modernisation – transforming existing reality into what is seen as modern. The need for modernisation, determining the development of modern law, however, clashed with the need to preserve cultural identity rooted in national traditions. With selected examples of different legal institutions, countries and periods, the authors of the essays in the two volumes Modernization, National Identity and Legal Instrumentalism: Studies in Comparative Legal History, vol. I:Private Law and Modernization, National Identity and Legal Instrumentalism: Studies in Comparative Legal History, vol. II: Public Law seek to explain the nature of this problem.

Contributors are Michał Gałędek, Katrin Kiirend-Pruuli, Anna Klimaszewska, Łukasz Jan Korporowicz, Beata J. Kowalczyk, Marju Luts-Sootak, Marcin Michalak, Annamaria Monti, Zsuzsanna Peres, Sara Pilloni, Hesi Siimets-Gross, Sean Thomas, Bart Wauters, Steven Wilf, and Mingzhe Zhu.

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Edited by Michał Gałędek and Anna Klimaszewska

The driving force of the dynamic development of world legal history in the past few centuries, with the dominance of the West, was clearly the demands of modernisation – transforming existing reality into what is seen as modern. The need for modernisation, determining the development of modern law, however, clashed with the need to preserve cultural identity rooted in national traditions. With selected examples of different legal institutions, countries and periods, the authors of the essays in the two volumes Modernization, National Identity and Legal Instrumentalism: Studies in Comparative Legal History, vol. I: Private Law and Modernization, National Identity and Legal Instrumentalism: Studies in Comparative Legal History, vol. II: Public Law seek to explain the nature of this problem.

Contributors are Judit Beke-Martos, Jiří Brňovják, Marjorie Carvalho de Souza, Michał Gałędek, Imre Képessy, Ivan Kosnica, Simon Lavis, Maja Maciejewska-Szałas, Tadeusz Maciejewski, Thomas Mohr, Balázs Pálvölgyi, and Marek Starý.

Science, (Anti-)Communism and Diplomacy

The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in the Early Cold War

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Edited by Alison Kraft and Carola Sachse

From 1957 onwards, the Pugwash Conferences brought together elite scientists from across ideological and political divides to work towards disarmament. Through a series of national case studies - Austria, China, Czechoslovakia, East and West Germany, the US and USSR – this volume offers a critical reassessment of the development and work of “Pugwash” nationally, internationally, and as a transnational forum for Track II diplomacy. This major new collection of work reveals the difficulties that Pugwash scientists encountered as they sought to reach across the blocs, create a channel for East-West dialogue and realize on the project’s founding aim of influencing state actors. Uniquely, the book affords a sense of the contingent and contested process by which the network-like organization took shape around the conferences.

Contributors are Gordon Barrett, Matthew Evangelista, Silke Fengler, Alison Kraft, Fabian Lüscher, Doubravka Olšáková, Geoffrey Roberts, Paul Rubinson, and Carola Sachse.

Heimattage

Methoden der Beheimatung in Hessen, Baden-Württemberg und Westfalen (1945-1985)

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Sebastian Hösch

„Heimat“ ist in aller Munde. Was aber konkret damit gemeint ist, wenn von Heimat die Rede ist, wird in der Regel nicht gesagt. Die Erarbeitung einer Definition ist aber unabdingbar, wenn es um mehr gehen soll als um einen Bezug zu einem Ort oder zu einem geografischen Raum.
Dieser Band vergleicht anhand von fünf heimatorientierten Festen die unterschiedlichen Visionen von Heimat und behandelt die vielfältigen Versuche, diese Visionen umzusetzen. Analog zu den Konjunkturen des Heimatbegriffs setzt die Untersuchung in den Anfangsjahren der Bundesrepublik an und führt bis in die 1980er Jahre.
Im Mittelpunkt stehen neben den Fragen nach Form und Wirkung auch die nach dem gesellschaftlichen Umfeld und den Motiven der Organisatoren.

Rainer Barzel

Eine Biographie

Kai Wambach

Rainer Barzel ist eine der prägenden politischen Persönlichkeiten der bundesdeutschen Geschichte zwischen Adenauer und Kohl. Die Geschichte von Bonner Republik, CDU und Unionsfraktion ist ohne ihn undenkbar.
Mehrfach stand er kurz davor, Bundeskanzler zu werden. Sein Scheitern beim Konstruktiven Misstrauensvotum gegen Willy
Brandt im April 1972 ging in die kollektive Erinnerung der Westdeutschen ein. Barzels zeitgeschichtliche Bedeutung aber reicht weit darüber hinaus: Er war über Jahrzehnte eine Schlüsselfigur der CDU, agierte vielfältig und einflussreich in Fraktion, Parlament, Regierung und Ausschüssen. Auf Grundlage einer Fülle oft bislang unbekannter Quellen und zahlreicher Zeitzeugengespräche legt Kai Wambach erstmals eine umfassende Biographie Barzels vor. Er nähert sich einer ebenso schillernden wie sensiblen Persönlichkeit, die bis heute stark polarisiert, deren partei- wie staatspolitisches Gewicht aber stets außer Frage stand.

Neues Deutschland – neues Deutschlandbild?

Selbstdarstellung und Rezeption der Berliner Republik in Frankreich seit 1990

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Jean-Samuel Marx

Die Wiedervereinigung veränderte Deutschland nicht nur im Inneren, sondern wirkte sich auch in hohem Maße auf die deutsche Stellung in Europa und in der Welt aus. Die neuen Rahmenbedingungen sowie der Generationswechsel in der Politik führten in den Folgejahren zu einer Veränderung der deutschen Selbstdarstellung. All dies blieb nicht ohne Folgen auf ihre Wahrnehmung im Ausland.
Der promovierte Historiker Jean-Samuel Marx untersucht in diesem Band die Selbstdarstellung und die Rezeption des wiedervereinigten Deutschlands in Frankreich seit 1990. Dabei arbeitet er heraus, anhand welcher Faktoren diese Entwicklungen zu erklären sind und inwiefern die Selbstdarstellung der Bundesrepublik und ihre Rezeption miteinander korrelieren.

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Edited by Karin Priem and Frederik Herman

Fabricating Modern Societies: Education, Bodies, and Minds in the Age of Steel, edited by Karin Priem and Frederik Herman, offers new interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives on the history of industrialization and societal transformation in early twentieth-century Luxembourg. The individual chapters focus on how industrialists addressed a large array of challenges related to industrialization, borrowing and mixing ideas originating in domains such as corporate identity formation, mediatization, scientification, technological innovation, mechanization, capitalism, mass production, medicalization, educationalization, artistic production, and social utopia, while competing with other interest groups who pursued their own goals. The book looks at different focus areas of modernity, and analyzes how humans created, mediated, and interacted with the technospheres of modern societies. Contributors: Klaus Dittrich, Irma Hadzalic, Frederik Herman, Enric Novella, Ira Plein, Françoise Poos, Karin Priem, and Angelo Van Gorp.

Perspectives on Evil

From Banality to Genocide

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Edited by Kanta Dihal

The question of evil is one of the oldest and most intensely studied topics in intellectual history. In fiction, legend and mythology the boundary between good and evil is often depicted as clear-cut, at least to the reader or listener, who is supposed to understand such tales as lessons and warnings. Evil is something that must be avoided by the hero in some cases and vanquished in others; it is either the exact opposite of the expected good behaviour, or its complete absence. Even so, for the characters in these didactic fictions, it turns out to be deceptively easy to fall to the infernal, ‘dark’ side. The chapters in this volume share a common thread – they all engage with ‘real’ evil: events and deeds of an evil nature that have been lived in the (recent) past and have become part of history, rather than fictional evil.