Rhetoric and Representation: Reassessing Territorial Diets in Early Modern Germany

  title={Rhetoric and Representation: Reassessing Territorial Diets in Early Modern Germany},
  author={Timm Neu},
  journal={Central European History},
  pages={1 - 24}
  • Timm Neu
  • Published 2010
  • Political Science
  • Central European History
The representative form of government is in a somewhat difficult situation today. Ever since Jean-Jacques Rousseau judged in 1762 that “à l'instant qu'un Peuple se donne des Réprésentans, il n'est plus libre, il n'est plus,” representative government has been exposed to a steady stream of harsh criticism. The number of critics eventually increased to include Marxists, communitarians, and radical democrats. On the other hand, it is a matter of fact that over the last decades, representative… Expand
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