Republicanism and liberalism in America and the German states, 1750-1850


Republicanism and liberalism in America and the German states, 1750-1850

edited by Jürgen Heideking, James A. Henretta ; with the assistance of Peter Becker

(Publications of the German Historical Institute)

German Historical Institute , Cambridge University Press, 2002, c2001

  • : hardback
  • : paperback

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Includes bibliographical references and index



Republicanism and Liberalism in America and the German States represents the cooperative effort of a group of American and German scholars to move the historical debate on Republicanism and Liberalism to a new stage. Previously, the relationship between Republican and Liberal ideas, concepts and world views has been discussed in the context of American revolutionary and late eighteenth-century history. While the German states did not experience successful revolutions like those in North America and France, Republican and Liberal ideas and 'language' deeply affected German political thinking and culture, especially in the southern states. The essays published in this book expand the time frame of the debate into the first half of the nineteenth century, applying an innovative and comparative German-American perspective. By systematically studying the similarities and differences in the understanding of Republicanism and Liberalism in the United States and German states, the collection stimulates efforts toward a comprehensive interpretation of political, intellectual and social developments in the 'modernizing' Atlantic world of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


  • Introduction Jurgen Heideking and James A. Henretta
  • Part I. Overview: 1. 'Wir nennen's Gemeinism' (we call it public spirit): Republic and Republicanism in the German political discussion of the nineteenth century Rudolf Vierhaus
  • Part II. The Republican World: 2. The concept of the Republic in eighteenth-century German thought Hans Erich Boedeker
  • 3. Kant's Republicanism and its consequences Otto Dann
  • 4. Constitutions, charity, and liberalism in comparative perspective: Germany and the Anglo-American tradition A. G. Roeber
  • 5. Politics and sentiment: Catharine Macaulay's Republicanism Vera Nunning
  • 6. Between Liberalism and Republicanism: 'manners' in the political thought of Mercy Otis Warren Rosemarie Zagarri
  • Part III. The Transition from Republicanism to Liberalism: 7. The Liberal Democratic Republicanism of the first American State constitutions, 1776-80 Willi Paul Adams
  • 8. Bennington and the Green Mountain Boys: the emergence of Liberal Democracy in Vermont, 1760-1850 Robert E. Shalhope
  • 9. The birth of American Liberalism: New York, 1820-60 James A. Henretta
  • 10. Republicanism, Liberalism, and market society: party formation and party ideology in Germany and the United States, c.1825-50 Paul Nolte
  • 11. Festive culture and national identity in America and Germany Jurgen Heideking
  • 12. Charles Follen's Perception of Republicanism in Germany and the United States, 1815-40 Edmund Spevack
  • Part IV. The Logic of Liberalism: 13. 'The right to possess all the faculties that God has given': possessive individualism, slave women, and abolitionist thought Amy Dru Stanley
  • 14. Freedom of contract and freedom of person: a brief history of 'involuntary servitude' in American fundamental law Robert J. Steinfeld.

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