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Lectures and Seminars in German Universities on the Sciences of State, 1820-1914

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Lindenfeld, David (Louisiana State University)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
  • International Research and Exchange
Free Keywords
academic disciplines; culture change; educational change; educational trends; higher education; social change; universities
  • Abstract

    This study investigates the progression of academic disciplines in German universities during the period 1820-1914. The disciplines examined were a constellation of subjects known as the Staatswissenschaften, or the "sciences of state". This group of disciplines, originating under the name of cameralism, included such varied subjects as economics, finance, politics, agriculture, technology, statistics, and constitutional law. The purpose of this study was to indicate how these subjects shifted over time, with some migrating to other fields, others becoming more specialized, and still others becoming obsolete. The dataset contains a compilation of lectures and seminars culled from German (boundaries of 1871) university catalogs and related sources. Variables include course number, taxonomy code, cross-reference heading, semester date, university, region, and frequency. Two data supplements are also included. Part 2, Supplemental Law Data File, lists lectures found under law faculties (1820-1910), while Part 3, Supplemental Technology Data File, lists lectures from the natural sciences that concerned technology (1820-1880).
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Main Data File
    • DS2: Supplemental Law Data File
    • DS3: Supplemental Technology Data File
Temporal Coverage
  • 1820 / 1914
    Time period: 1820--1914
  • 1983 / 1989
    Collection date: 1983--1989
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany
  • Global
Sampled Universe
All German university courses that were considered part of the "sciences of state" between the years 1820-1914.
Collection Mode
  • (1) The SAS transport files were created using the SAS CPORT procedure. (2) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

2006-03-30 File CB2515.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.2000-08-01 This collection has undergone routine ICPSR processing. Also, ASCII versions of the data files are now available, along with SAS and SPSS data definition statements. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation. International Research and Exchange.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2515 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02515.v2

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Lindenfeld, David (1998): Lectures and Seminars in German Universities on the Sciences of State, 1820-1914. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.