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The Remnants of the RechtsstaatAn Ethnography of Nazi Law$
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Jens Meierhenrich

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198814412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198814412.001.0001

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Mr. von Mohl’s Term of Art

Mr. von Mohl’s Term of Art

A History of the Rechtsstaat, 1798–1933

(p.75) 4 Mr. von Mohl’s Term of Art
The Remnants of the Rechtsstaat

Jens Meierhenrich

Oxford University Press

The German idea of the Rechtsstaat has revolutionary origins. Robert von Mohl crafted it under the influence of the Enlightenment. This chapter tells a brief history of the idea of the Rechtsstaat in Germany. It traces the evolution of the term from its emergence in the late eighteenth century until 1933. Its intellectual trajectory raises questions about the long-run consequences of legal development in modern Germany. It sets the stage for the analysis in the next chapter of the term’s manipulation by legal theorists in Nazi Germany.

Keywords:   Rechtsstaat, liberalism, revolution, 1848, legal positivism, Robert von Mohl, Friedrich Julius Stahl, Wilhelmine Germany, Paul Laband, Hermann Heller

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