Otto Hintze – a pioneer of social and constitutional histor

Volume 346 of the Studien zur europäischen Rechtsgeschichte out no

February 29, 2024

The great German scholar Otto Hintze (1861–1940) is still known to many as a historian only of Prussia or the Hohenzollern dynasty. Yet his research went far beyond these fields and are of impressive contemporary relevance. This is particularly true for his interest in a historical sociology of bureaucracy, a methodological turn towards global history and his realism regarding the politics of power which, however, also explored the possibilities of a stable international peace order. Hintze’s work represents a critical continuation of historicism with the greatest openness towards the social sciences. It can be read as a supplement and corrective to the writings of Max Weber and Ernst Troeltsch, but also as an alternative to Carl Schmitt, and is therefore rightly attracting increasing international attention.

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