From Vienna to Chicago and Back: Essays on Intellectual by Gerald Stourzh

By Gerald Stourzh

Spanning either the heritage of the fashionable West and his personal 5 - decade trip as a historian, Gerald Stourzh's sweeping new essay assortment covers an analogous breadth of subject matters that has characterised his profession - from Benjamin Franklin to Gustav Mahler, from Alexis de Tocqueville to Charles Beard, from the inspiration of structure in 17th - century England to the idea that of neutrality in 20th - century Austria. This storied profession introduced him within the Fifties from the college of Vienna to the collage of Chicago - of which he attracts a super photo - and later took him to Berlin and at last again to Austria. one of many few popular students both at domestic with U.S. historical past and the background of valuable Europe, Stourzh has knowledgeable those geographically varied reviews and topics with the overarching topics of his scholarly fulfillment: the comparative learn of liberal constitutionalism and the fight for equivalent rights on the middle of Western notions of loose govt. Composed among 1953 and 2005 and together with a brand new autobiographical essay written particularly for this quantity, From Vienna to Chicago and again will pride Stourzh fanatics, allure new admirers, and make a tremendous contribution to transatlantic heritage.

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Henry Albert Smyth, 10 vols. (New York, 1905–1907), Vol. 4, p. 22. ) 6. Autobiography, Writings, Vol. I, p. 22. reason and power in benjamin fr anklin’s political thought 31 Whether self-interest was the root of human action, whether man could attain perfection, whether “encroachments on the just liberties of the people” 7 had taken place—all these things were matters of discussion at ‘Franklin’s club. Already at the age of nineteen, during his first stay in London, he had printed his fi rst independent opus, A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain.

The Vice-Master of Churchill was then Jack Pole, the foremost British expert on early American history who became a good friend, and to whose masterful The Pursuit of Equality in American History 44 I am much indebted. C. where, with John Pocock presiding, I gave a paper on the changing meanings of the term “constitution” in England and North America in the 17th and 18th centuries. This paper resulted chiefly from my research in Cambridge in 1976; it is included in this volume as Chapter 3. A deeply moving experience was an invitation to the University of Chicago in 1992, where the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters was conferred on me on the occasion of the University’s centennial commemorations.

Madison, showing how judicial review had become a substitute for the right of resistance. 39. It was the dualism (or parallelism) of “Normenstaat” and “Maßnahmenstaat” (state of norms and state of—arbitrary—“measures”) 40. See below chapter 14. I have paid tribute to Fraenkel in a necrologue: In memoriam Ernst Fraenkel, in Amerikastudien/American Studies, vol. 20, 1975, pp. 207–208. 41. Friedrich Engel-Janosi has written an autobiography well worth reading, covering his life and professional work on two continents: .

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