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The Disordered Police State: German Cameralism as Science and Practice

Andre Wakefield Wakefield


Probing the relationship between German political economy and everyday fiscal administration, this book focuses on the cameral sciences—a peculiarly German body of knowledge designed to train state officials—and in so doing offers a new vision of science and practice during the seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries. The author shows that the cameral sciences were at once natural, technological, and economic disciplines, but, more important, they also were strategic sciences, designed to procure patronage for their authors and good publicity for the German principalities in which they lived and ... More

Keywords: police state, German political economy, cameral sciences, cameralism, mining, textiles, forestry, universities, Germany

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226870205
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226870229.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andre Wakefield Wakefield, author