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Title: Particularist state-building and the German question : Hanover, Saxony, Wurttemberg 1850-1866
Author: Green, A.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 1999
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The thesis is a study of particularist state-building in pre-unification Germany. It explores the relationship between state, identity and nationhood in Germany from the perspective of the sub-national, territorial state. These issues are addressed through a comparative study of three 'second division' German states: Hanover, Saxony, Wurttemberg. The thesis focuses on the period between revolution and the collapse of the German Confederation: 1850-66. The thesis is based on extensive primary research in the state archives of Stuttgart, Dresden and Hanover. An opening chapter places these developments firmly in the context both of national German developments and of the particular histories of the states in question, providing a comparative history of the three states 1815-66. The main body of the thesis investigates government policies designed to foster particularism at state level. Primarily the thesis addresses the nature of and motivations behind such policies; where possible it also addresses the question of reception of these policies and their long-term impact for the new German nation state. The thesis focuses on four policy areas with obvious impact on identity formation: news management; state education; state-sponsored cultural activity; railway construction. A chapter of the thesis is devoted to each policy area. A final chapter compares the myths of statehood in each state as presented through the government policies discussed elsewhere. The thesis demonstrates the relative success of particularist cultural policy in pre-unification Germany, in stark contrast with the lack of such developments at national level. Although state-building policies did not prevent unification Germany, they did colour the nature of the new German empire. First, the strength of particularism rendered the challenges of internal integration in the new nation state more acute. Second, the federal structure of that empire and continued state responsibility for areas like education encouraged the persistence of particularism after 1870/1.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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