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Lectures and Seminars in German Universities on the Sciences of State, 1820-1914 (ICPSR 2515)

Principal Investigator(s): Lindenfeld, David, Louisiana State University


This study investigates the progression of academic disciplines in German universities during the period 1820-1914. The disciplines examined were a constellation of subjects known as the Staatswissenschaften, or the "sciences of state". This group of disciplines, originating under the name of cameralism, included such varied subjects as economics, finance, politics, agriculture, technology, statistics, and constitutional law. The purpose of this study was to indicate how these subjects shifted over time, with some migrating to other fields, others becoming more specialized, and still others becoming obsolete. The dataset contains a compilation of lectures and seminars culled from German (boundaries of 1871) university catalogs and related sources. Variables include course number, taxonomy code, cross-reference heading, semester date, university, region, and frequency. Two data supplements are also included. Part 2, Supplemental Law Data File, lists lectures found under law faculties (1820-1910), while Part 3, Supplemental Technology Data File, lists lectures from the natural sciences that concerned technology (1820-1880).

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Main Data File - Download All Files (2.44 MB)
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DS2:  Supplemental Law Data File - Download All Files (0.26 MB)
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DS3:  Supplemental Technology Data File - Download All Files (0.136 MB)
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Study Description


Lindenfeld, David. Lectures and Seminars in German Universities on the Sciences of State, 1820-1914. ICPSR02515-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02515.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02515.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation
  • International Research and Exchange

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic disciplines, culture change, educational change, educational trends, higher education, social change, universities

Geographic Coverage:    Germany, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1820--1914

Date of Collection:   

  • 1983--1989

Universe:    All German university courses that were considered part of the "sciences of state" between the years 1820-1914.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The SAS transport files were created using the SAS CPORT procedure. (2) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.


Data Source:

German university catalogs, the Allgemeine Literaturzeitung, the Jenaische Allgemeine Literaturzeitung, the Leipziger Literatur Zeitung, the Literarisches Zentralblatt, and Prussian central archives, Berlin


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-11-16

Version History:

  • 2006-03-30 File CB2515.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2000-08-01 This collection has undergone routine ICPSR processing. Also, ASCII versions of the data files are now available, along with SAS and SPSS data definition statements.



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