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


"A superbly crafted major intervention into the hotly contested issue of German civil society - its origins, formation, and fate. McNeely turns the tables on deconstructive approaches to formalism in writing and shows how writing was thoroughly implicated in state power and corporate culture."--David Sabean, author of "Kinship in Neckarhausen, 1700-1870

"This work's use of archival evidence to overhaul grand theory puts it in a league of its own. McNeely crafts a startlingly original argument about the inventions of citizenship and of modern political culture. It will be required if unsettling reading for anyone pondering the legacies of Tocqueville, Habermas, or Foucault."--Richard Biernacki, author of "The Fabrication of Labor: Germany and Britain, 1640-1914

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Berkeley, CA
Publication year:
  • 2003


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