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

Published: Mar 30, 2006

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


Version V2

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).

Lindenfeld, David. Lectures and Seminars in German Universities on the Sciences of State, 1820-1914. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-03-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02515.v2

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1820 -- 1914

1983 -- 1989

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

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

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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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