From General Estate to Special Interest: German Lawyers 1878-1933by Kenneth F. Ledford
Pub. Date: 08/28/2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The history of German lawyers in private practice from 1878 to 1933 helps answer questions about the inability of German liberalism to withstand National Socialism in 1933. They won free entry and self-government for their profession in 1878, thinking these would lead to civic leadership and expanded liberty, but the changes that were unleashed revealed the limits of professional influence. Exaggerated expectations for the legal profession in public life exposed the limitations of procedural liberalism, with tragic consequences.
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Table of ContentsList of illustrations; Hierarchy of courts; Glossary of legal and other terms; Abbreviations; Preface; 1. The archimedean point: lawyers, liberalism, and the middle-class project; 2. Freie advokatur: the blending of the middle-class and professional projects; 3. Foundation of the modern profession: the private bar under the lawyer's statute; 4. Institutional framework: lawyers and Honoratiorenpolitik; 5. Growth and diversification: lawyers in the province of Hannover, 1878–1933; 6. Elites and professional ideology: self-discipline and self-administration by the Anwaltskammer Celle; 7. Simultaneous admission: the limits of Honoratiorenpolitik; 8. The limits of economic Liberalism: freie advokatur or numerus clausus?; 9. The limits of political Liberalism: lawyers and the Weimar state; 10. Conclusion: lawyers and the limits of Liberalism; Methodological appendix; Bibliography; Index.
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