The book is divided into two main parts: a first part where the general development of the committee system is outlined and those aspects identified which must be considered to have been decisive; and a second part where the conclusions are drawn that shall answer the questions how and why. Although the first part is rather descriptive in character, it is based on a careful analysis. This is manifested in the selection and presentation of facts but also in the choice of direction: the problems, arguments, ideas, and sources which were reflected upon before the decision about how to proceed was taken.
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