Journal of Modern European History 11 (2013), 4

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Journal of Modern European History 11 (2013), 4
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Noble Ways and Democratic Means

München 2013: C.H. Beck Verlag
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Jörg Später
Historisches Seminar der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau
Redaktion Journal of Modern European History
United Kingdom
Schriftleitung: Christina von Hodenberg, Alexander Nützenadel, Joachim von Puttkamer, Milos Reznik
Später, Jörg

Historians usually explain the astonishing persistence of noble elites in the nineteenth century by pointing to the fact that they were able to retain their economic base (especially in terms of property, i.e. land), and thus their socio-economic position, which enabled them to continue to act as social and political leaders. The essays in this issue, however, stress other factors. By analysing social elites with (quasi-)aristocratic character in different European states, but also in Latin America and the American South, they reveal the significant way in which (collective) political activities made it possible for nobles to maintain their elite social status. They emphasise that, à la longue, the shoring up and defence of “noble ways” was conditional on the skilful appropriation of “democratic means”. The way in which different noble elites used new democratic forms of politics (e.g. parliamentary debates, public campaigns, political associations, a growing press, etc.) to defend their political leadership had a lasting effect on the shape of their respective national public spheres.


Noble Ways and Democratic Means
Edited by Ewald Frie, Jörg Neuheiser and Jörn Leonhard

E. Frie/J. Neuheiser: Introduction: Noble Ways and Democratic Means

J. L. Wendel-Hansen/J. F. Møller: Bound to the State – The Nobleman in Danish Politics

J. Neuheiser: Forgotten Gentleman Leaders: Local Elites, Conservative Constitutionalism and the Development of the Public Sphere in England, c. 1820–1860

C. Büschges: Aristocratic Revolutionaries: The Nobility during the Independence Period of Spanish America and Brazil (c. 1808–1821)

P. Quigley: Slavery, Democracy, and the Problem of Planter Authority in the Nineteenth-century U.S. South

D. Menning: Noblemen, Democratisation and Mass Politics in Württemberg (1860s–1918)

On Eric Hobsbawm (1917–2012). Edited by Lucy Riall

S. Pons: History as Autobiography: Communism in Hobsbawm's "Short Century",

J. Rüger: Britain, Empire, Europe: Re-reading Eric Hobsbawm,

N. G. Wheatley: The Compass of International History: Eric Hobsbawm and After

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