Citizenship: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Concept

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Februar 2008



In this book Andreas Fahrmeir provides a much-needed historical perspective on contemporary debates about immigration and the nature of citizenship. By tracing the origins of citizenship in four Western countries (Britain, France, Germany, and the United States) from c.1700 to the present, he convincingly demonstrates the contingency and changeability of the concept. The emergence of these modern nation-states brought a deceptively simple opposition of "citizen" versus "alien," in contrast to the complex relationships between individuals and communities in ancien regime societies, Fahrmeir argues. He charts the demise of traditional ways of distinguishing insiders from outsiders; discusses the relation of political participation, economic privileges, and social rights to legal citizenship; and considers whether state citizenship remains a relevant concept in the circumstances of today.


Andreas Fahrmeir is professor of nineteenth-century history, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Citizens and Aliens: Foreigners and the Law in Britain and the German States, 1789--1870 and the forthcoming Revolution--Reform--Revolution.


"Andreas Fahrmeir's ambitious book offers a much needed review of the organization of citizenship from the "ancien regime" to contemporary trends in France, Germany, Britain, and the United States."--Dorith Geva, "The International History Review"--Dorith Geva"The International History Review" (03/01/2009)
EAN: 9780300118483
ISBN: 0300118481
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2008
Seitenanzahl: 299 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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