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New Book by Historian Susan Richter

Apr 07, 2015

The role of the European antiquity and contemporary China as role models for a new understanding of authority in France and the Holy Roman Empire during the Enlightenment is in the focus of a new book by PD Dr. Susan Richter. The book is based on her former work as Junior Research Group Leader at the Cluster.

The book "Pflug und Steuerruder: Zur Verflechtung von Herrschaft und Landwirtschaft in der Aufklärung" by PD Dr. Richter describes an understanding of authority that originated from the second half of the 18th century. At that time, economists tried to find ways of preventing famines. They decided to build a society that, transcending differences in status, would dedicate itself to food production. The monarch was to represent both authority and agriculture and thus be a unifying figure for the country. Using contemporary and modern theories, PD Dr. Richter examines the role models as well as the construction and the communication of this new world view.

"Pflug und Steuerruder: Zur Verflechtung von Herrschaft und Landwirtschaft in der Aufklärung" was published in 2015 by Böhlau Verlag, Cologne. It is based on PD Dr. Susan Richter's habilitation thesis and was co-funded by the Cluster.

PD Dr. Susan Richter is currently Acting Professor of the Chair of Early Modern Times at the Department of History of Heidelberg University. She is also Deputy Speaker of the Cluster's research area A "Governance & Administration" and co-coordinator of MC7 "Political Legitimation". From 2008 to 2013, she was coordinator of research project A4 "Bureaucracies".


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