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The Political Fragmentation of Germany

Formation of German states by Infrastructures, Maps, and Movement, 1815–1866

Authors: Segal, Zef M.

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  • Takes a comparative approach to five significant German states to examine how national and territorial identities were constructed
  • Argues that these political states are defined by the practices of the people, rather than intentional state- or nation-building ideologies
  • Explores the impact of rising literacy, the development of new communication and transportation technologies, and the growing success of commercial cartography on people’s spatial and territorial perceptions
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This book analyses the development of German territorial states in the nineteenth century through the prism of five Mittelstaaten: Bavaria, Saxony, Hanover, Württemberg, and Baden. It asks how a state becomes a place, and argues that it involves a contested and multi-faceted process, one of slow and uneven progress. The study approaches this question from a new and crucial angle, that of spatiality and public mobility. The issues covered range from the geography of state apparatus, the aesthetics of German cartography and the trajectories of public movement. Challenging the belief that territorial delimitation is primarily a matter of policy and diplomacy, this book reveals that political territories are constructed through daily practices and imagination.

About the authors

Zef M. Segal is a Lecturer of History, Mathematics and Digital Humanities at the Open University of Israel and Tel-Aviv Jaffa College, Israel.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-19827-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-19826-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Political Fragmentation of Germany
Book Subtitle
Formation of German states by Infrastructures, Maps, and Movement, 1815–1866
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19827-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19827-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19826-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 278
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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