author={Andreas Fahrmeir},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  pages={721 - 752}
  • A. Fahrmeir
  • Published 1 September 1997
  • History
  • The Historical Journal
According to the prevalent view, German citizenship was acquired only by descent from German citizens from the early nineteenth century onwards. This article argues, however, that a complete reading of the available sources suggests that citizenship was linked to the place of permanent residence in post-1815 legislation, and that the regulation of citizenship was a state responsibility, not one of the powers of the Germanic Confederation. The central points of citizenship law remained unchanged… 
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