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When the Complexity of Lived Experience Finds Itself Before a Court of Law

Peter C. Caldwell c1

(Online publication May 09 2011)



Professor Caldwell ( is the Samuel G. McCann Professor of History at Rice University. His scholarly work has focused on the meanings of democracy and constitutionalism in Germany's first republic, conservatism and state theory, legal theory and the welfare state, and the economics and law of planning under state socialism. His first book, Popular Sovereignty and the Crisis of German Constitutional Law: The Theory and Practice of Weimar Constitutionalism, was published by Duke University Press in 1997, and in 2003 Dictatorship, State Planning, and Social Theory in the German Democratic Republic was published by Cambridge University Press. A third book, on Ludwig Feuerbach, Moses Hess, Richard Wagner, and Louise Dittmar, and entitled  Love, Death, and Revolution in Central Europe, was recently published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2009.