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The Emancipation of WritingGerman Civil Society in the Making, 1790s-1820s$
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Ian McNeely

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520233300

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520233300.001.0001

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(p.239) Conclusion
The Emancipation of Writing

Ian F. Mcneely

University of California Press

This book has tracked changes in writing practice over a tumultuous period in Germany's history by examining four separate, yet interlocking, aspects of its civic culture. All four of these concepts denote crucial elements in the seamless web of cognitive and social practices undergirding civil society, and each retains its importance in the shift from the early modern to the modern world in Germany. The book has also concentrated on the emancipation of writing from official tutelage. The data suggests that while the voluntary association stands as the primary crystallized, institutional embodiment of civil society in the modern world, it is insufficient to approach its history with an exclusive focus on its outward, epiphenomenal manifestations. The history of official writing sheds light on the frameworks for action and imagination where citizenship in civil society first acquired this emancipatory potential.

Keywords:   writing, Germany, civic culture, civil society, emancipation, official tutelage

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