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Ville Erkkilä

The Conceptual Change of Conscience

Franz Wieacker and German Legal Historiography 1933–1968

[Der konzeptionelle Wandel des Bewusstseins. Franz Wieacker und die deutsche Rechtsgeschichte 1933–1968.]

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How did the drastic experiences of the turbulent twentieth century affect the ideas of justice and rule of law? From a biographical angle on the prestigious legal historian Franz Wieacker, Ville Erkkilä draws a vivid picture of the development of German legal history from 1933 to 1968.
How did the drastic experiences of the turbulent twentieth century affect the works of a legal historian? What kind of an impact did they have on the ideas of justice and rule of law prominent in legal historiography? Ville Erkkilä analyses the way in which the concepts of 'Rechtsgewissen' and 'Rechtsbewusstsein' evolved over time in the works of the prestigious legal historian Franz Wieacker. With the help of previously unavailable sources such as private correspondence, the author reveals how Franz Wieacker's personal experiences intertwined in his legal historiography with the tradition of legal science as well as the social and political destinies of twentieth century Germany.
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Ville Erkkilä Born 1978; post-doctoral researcher at the Center for European Studies, University of Helsinki.

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