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From General Estate to Special Interest: German Lawyers 1878-1933

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Kenneth F. LedfordCase Western Reserve University, Ohio

ISBN13: 9780521560313
ISBN: 0521560314
Published: October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £79.99



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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. Lawyers connect the procedural focus of legal thinking with procedural notions of individual liberties. In Germany they won free entry and self-government for their profession in 1878, thinking that these changes would lead to civic leadership and expanded liberty, but the forces that were unleashed revealed internal tensions and the limits of professional influence. Exaggerated expectations for the legal profession in public life exposed the limitations of procedural liberalism, with tragic consequences for Germany.

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Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Germany
Contents:
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 RAO
4. Institutional convergence: lawyers, liberals, and Honoratiorempolitik
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 Honoratiorempolitik
8. The limits of economic Liberalism: Freie Advokatur or numerus clausus?
9. The limits of olitical Liberalism: lawyers and the Weimar state
10. Conclusion: lawyers and the limits of Liberalism.