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Figures of Authority: Contributions towards
a Cultural History of Governance from 17th to the 20th
Becker & Rüdiger von Krosigk (eds.)
(Bilingual publication: German/English)
book is about authority, more precisely, about figures of
authority. The editors have put together an international group of
renowned scholars to discuss the emergence of modern notions of
authority from different angles. Modern authority is no longer
legitimated by status and social position, but rather by institutional
affiliation and performance. To research the genealogy and intricacies
of this kind of authority, the chapters in this volume cast a closer
look at the various institutional actors on whom authority has been
bestowed. The authors use a case study approach to look at the
instances in which modern authority emerged, was ridiculed, contested,
or even failed. Taken together, the individual contributions shed new
light on the intricate relationship between the subjects and their
organisations; they challenge any Whig historiography of
rationalisation and modernisation, and they help us to rethink the
inter-relationship between modern and even postmodern institutional
arrangements on the one hand, and their subjects on the other.
Becker/Rüdiger von Krosigk: New Perspectives on
History of Bureaucratic and Scientific Subjects
Metaphern für «Ampts-Person» und
«Ampts-Tugend» in lutherischen
Regentenpredigten des späten 17. Jahrhunderts.
und wie er die Welt sah. Ein württembergischer Rentkammerrat
Vec: Weisheit, Klugheit, Recht.
Zur Psychogenese und Soziogenese des frühmodernen Staates
Hunting the Plumed Mammal. The History of
«Bureaucracy» in France,
Winther Jørgensen: Towards the Angels. British
Zoology and the Persona Sapientis, ca. 1660-1800
French Figures of Authority in the Prussian Fiscal Administration, c.
Castellano: From «Despots of the
«Notable Functionaries». The Judicial Function in
the Kingdom of Naples
from the Napoleonic Era to the Restoration
Map-making and State Formation. A Case Study in the History of Science
von Krosigk: Contentious Authority.
Bureaucrats and Bezirksräte in the Grand Duchy of Baden, c.
Föllmer: Senior Civil Servants and Nationalism in
Gravier: Professional Statute and Identity Type. A
Sociological Reading of the Staff Regulation of the European Union's