Sexuality, State, and Civil Society in Germany, 1700-1815 / Edition 1

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Overview

"With great intellectual energy and resourcefulness, [Hull] has placed a new set of issues on our scholarly agenda. After reading Sexuality, State, and Civil Society in Germany, 1700-1815, no one will view this period in quite the same way again."—James H. Sheehan, Times Literary Supplement"Hull analyzes the evolving bureaucratic understanding of heterosexuality during the transition from absolutist moral regulation of sexual practices for the public good to the formation of a bourgeois civil society of privacy and property. . . . [She] offers a remarkable look at the sexual dimension of the liberal social contract and at those whose sexual liberty was assured thereby."—Choice"Isabel Hull's book is a very rich study, not only in detail and scope, but also in its theoretical implications—for the development of modern ideas of sexuality, for the development of civil society, and for the role of the state in regulating sexual matters of all types. It is bold, risky, often funny, elegant in its argument, beautifully written—and speaks to an audience far beyond its likely specialist readers."—from the Berkshire Prize citation
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"With great intellectual energy and resourcefulness, Hull has placed a new set of issues on our scholarly agenda. After reading Sexuality, State, and Civil Society in Germany, 1700–1815, no one will view this period in quite the same way again."—James H. Sheehan, Times Literary Supplement

"Hull analyzes the evolving bureaucratic understanding of heterosexuality during the transition from absolutist moral regulation of sexual practices for the public good to the formation of a bourgeois civil society of privacy and property. . . . She offers a remarkable look at the sexual dimension of the liberal social contract and at those whose sexual liberty was assured thereby."—Choice

"An unusually creative and important book, its argument is built on research remarkable in breadth and depth and its implications radiate from the focus on sexuality to a great variety of related themes. . . . Sexuality, State, and Civil Society invites skepticism about itself precisely because its author brings such a powerful historical imagination to her subject. It is a book to be welcomed, appreciated, and pondered."—Journal of Modern History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801482533
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The Church, Traditional Society, and the Regulation of Sex 9
2 The Absolutist States and the Regulation of Sex 53
3 Rethinking Regulation, 1740-1800 107
4 The Cameralist Theory of Civil Society 155
5 The Practitioners of Civil Society 199
6 The Sexual Self-Image of Civil Society 229
7 Thought Experiments 257
8 Pre-Napoleonic Liberals and the Sexual Determination of Rights 299
9 Morality and Law: Feuerbach's Reformed Criminal Code in Bavaria 333
10 Public and Private: The Code Napoleon in Baden 371
11 The Sexual Foundations of the Nineteenth Century 407
Bibliography 413
Index 447
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