Posts Tagged ‘Parliament’

Es sind einige Städte – ich glaube, Breslau ist darunter – die haben wenigstens die Schlachtsteuer. Das widerspricht aber den politischen Parteien. Deshalb sage ich: Die Politik macht uns todt, indem sie uns hindert, unsere Interessen wahrzunehmen; sobald es der Parteipolitik, der Fractionspolitik nicht paßt, so können die Interessen zu Grunde gehen, und es kann darüber ausgepfändet werden oder Hungers sterben, wer will – das ist der Fraction als solcher vollständig gleichgültig; sie fragt nur: Was nützt es meiner Fraction? Vivat fractio, pereat mundus!

Otto von Bismarck: Reichstagsrede vom 9. Mai 1884, in: Die politischen Reden des Fürsten von Bismarck, ed. Horst Kohl, vol. X (Stuttgart 1894), 133.

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On April 6 to 7, I will participate in a conference organized by the History of Parliament research group in cooperation with Prof. Christopher Reid of Queen Mary University London.

The conference program may be found here.

My own paper, titled

“A Rhetoric of Silence: Silent Members in the July Monarchy Chamber of Deputies (1830-1848)”,

will be concerned with the rhetorical role of the silent members in the parliamentary debates of the July Monarchy. As I will argue, these silent members were anything but passive. Rather, they developed a complex rhetoric of their own, playing a significant role in the development of debates.



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Last week (May 7-8), I participated in an international conference titled “Parlamentarismuskritik und Antiparlamentarismus in Europa” [Criticism of Parliamentarism and Anti-Parliamentarism], organized by the German Kommission für Geschichte des Parlamentarismus and EuParl.net, a European research network on the history of parliaments.


Besides a keynote speech by Dr. Norbert Lammert, speaker of the German Bundestag, I had the opportunity to discuss the varieties and modes of criticism of parliament and parliamentarism with a number of renowned experts in the field. My own presentation focussed on the question to what extent antiparliamentary sentiments and discourses current in the German Empire found their way into the ‘lion’s den’, the Reichstag itself. Combining qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis, I attempted to shed some new light on a few famous cases of antiparliamentary discourse in the imperial parliament as well as on their wider relevance for its political culture and modes of communication.

The conference’s program may be found here. A publication of the proceedings is planned.


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In the coming summer semester, I will be teaching two courses at Freiburg University.


One seminar course, titled:

Political Arenas: Parliamentary Cultures in the Long 19th Century in Comparison
(see the official website and the pearltree with links about this theme)


And a reading course:

A Small European Country: Introduction to Dutch History (1581-1914)
(see the official website and the pearltree with links about this theme)

Dutch History


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