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The Emancipation of Writing: German Civil Society in the Making, 1790s-1820s

Ian McNeely


This book studies 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. The book reveals that Germany's notoriously oppressive bureaucracy, when viewed through the writing practices which 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 ... More

Keywords: bureaucracy, citizenship, German southwest, French Revolution, Napoleon, citizens, freedom, civil society, free market, free press

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520233300
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520233300.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian McNeely, author