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The Republican Alternative

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ISBN: 9789089640055 Year: Pages: 360 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640055 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Science (General)
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The Netherlands and Switzerland are among the world's most economically successful societies. Their inhabitants enjoy high standards of living and express great satisfaction with their lives according to surveys. This despite serious natural handicaps, such as a lack of raw materials and an abundance of water and rock respectively. The foundation for their prosperity was laid in the early modern period, between roughly 1500 and 1800, when, as federal republics, the two countries were already something of an anomaly in Europe. Their inhabitants experienced serious anxieties and tried to justify their exceptionality, to which they were, at the same time, greatly attached. The Republican Alternative attempts to clarify, through a sustained comparison, the special character of the two countries, which were similar perhaps at first sight, but nonetheless developed their own solutions to the challenges they faced. The book includes in-depth discussions of citizenship arrangements, Swiss and Dutch dealings with religious pluriformity, political discourses justifying the republican form of government, the advantages and disadvantages of an agrarian over a commercial society.

Soldgeschäfte, Klientelismus, Korruption in der Frühen Neuzeit

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ISBN: 9783847108597 9783737008594 Year: DOI: 10.14220/9783737008594 Language: German
Publisher: V&R unipress Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103606
Subject: History
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Soldgeschäfte waren eine grundlegende Komponente schweizerischer und europäischer Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit. Sie förderten einerseits den Klientelismus und provozierten andererseits Korruptionskritik. Die Autoren und Autorinnen untersuchen vor diesem Hintergrund die wirtschaftlichen und politischen Aktivitäten der 1799 ausgestorbenen Zuger Familie Zurlauben. Gleichzeitig veranschaulichen einzelne Beiträge zu Klientelismus, Patronage und Korruptionskritik und zu den länderübergreifenden Gewaltmärkten des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts die europäischen Aspekte der Thematik in ihren unterschiedlichen ökonomischen, politischen und sozialen Dimensionen. Der vorliegende Band erscheint im Zusammenhang mit dem Abschluss der Edition der Acta Helvetica der Familie Zurlauben.

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