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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Civil Society

1750-1914

ISBN 9781403994622
Publication Date August 2006
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Studies in European History

Civil Society' has been a global catchphrase since the end of the Cold War, and is a hot topic among academics and politicians. Understanding the evolution of this concept in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is vital to its study and this concise and incisive introduction to the transnational history of civil society is essential reading for students and scholars alike.

STEFAN-LUDWIG HOFFMANN is Assistant Professor in Modern History at the University of Bochum, Germany.

Editors' Preface
Acknowledgements
Maps
Introduction: Democracy and Civil Society
Sociable Societies: Enlightened Sociability from Boston to St. Petersburg
Intimacy and Exclusion: Bourgeois Passions in the Early Nineteenth Century
Nations of Joiners: Practicing Democracy in the Age of Nationalism
Mass Culture, Mass Politics: Fin-de-siecle Crises
Conclusion: Paradoxes of Civil Society
Bibliography
Index.

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...Hoffmann has provided teachers and students alike with an intelligent and lucid introduction to key chapters in the history of civil society.' - Robert Nemes, Austrian History Yearbook 39
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