This first full-length study of the relationship between political change and the law in Bismarckian and Wilhelmine Germany throws new light on the strengths and weaknesses of German liberalism and the German state, merging ideological and structural explanations for the 'peculiar' nature of modern German development. Focusing on the preparation of the civil code of 1896, it shows how changes in politics affected the ways in which the legal system was
considered. The responses of the state, political parties, and interest groups to these changes are analysed to give a detailed picture of the links between political thought and political
practice. These links were part of a distinctively German political culture which conditioned the responsiveness of the state to calls for reform.
'Michael John's outstanding book is not only an exemplary case-study but illuminates many important aspects of nineteenth-century German history ... this is an impressively researched, sharp-witted and very well written book with an importance that goes well beyond its immediate subject.'
David Blackburn, History Workshop Journal
'The whole work was very clearly extensively researched with excellent attention to the detail of the process of drafting and revision of the German Civil Code.'
Nigel Foster, Journal of Legal History
The whole work was very clearly extensively researched with excellent attention to the detail of the process of drafting and revision of the German Civil Code.'
Nigel Foster, Journal of Legal History, May '90
'thoughtful book ... It is an impressive and excellent piece of scholarship in a field hitherto much neglected by historians.'
Peter Alter, German Historical Insitute, London, History, No.245, Oct 1990
`The book is well written and produced ... John has written an absorbing and rewarding study which makes an important contribution to our understanding of imperial German politics.'
`John's linking law and politics is enormously helpful in understanding this crucial epoch in German history.'
Abbreviations; Introduction; The theory and practice of Codification, 1814-1867; The politics of legal unity, 1867-1873; The approach to codification, 1874-1888; The public response and the campaign for legal reform, 1888-1896; The Wilhelmine State and the revision of the code, 1888-1896; The final stage: The civil code in the Bundesrat and Reichstag, 1895-1896; Conclusion
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 9th March 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.73
Weight (kg): 0.52