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Rebellious Prussians: Urban Political Culture under Frederick the Great and his Successors

Florian Schui


Prussian discipline is legendary. Arguments about the oppressive nature of the Prussian state and the shadow that it allegedly cast on the development of civil society have been central to debates about the modern history of Germany. In particular, many historians have seen the absence of a revolution in the eighteenth century as a symptom of a delayed and incomplete emancipation of the Prussian bourgeoisie. Prussia's urban dwellers have often been portrait as poor relations of the self-reliant and assertive bourgeois of Western Europe and the Atlantic world: economically backward and politica ... More

Keywords: Prussia, Frederick the Great, Hohenzollern, taxation, religion, civil society, revolution, eighteenth century, Bourgeoisie, Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199593965
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Florian Schui, author
Lecturer in Modern European History, Royal Holloway, University of London