The invisible power networks between the individual and the state in Austria 1780-1850

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Year of publication 2018
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference The process of creating social networks, their significance and role during the formation of modern society
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Faculty of Arts

Keywords State power networks; The individual and the state; Freedom of movement; Migration; the Austrian empire; The abolition of serfdom; The abolition of patrimonial administration; Release documents
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Description This paper attempts to discover the threads in the ‘power networks’ which gradually form between an individual and the state. The basic research questions are: how does the state register individuals, how does it monitor them, what networks are used for (re-)finding individuals, what monitoring mechanisms does the individual have to contend with in a newly centralizing state? What levels of control actually exist? How does the state govern over its citizens? Was there really more individual freedom in the early modern state as is stated in textbooks? The paper attempts to interpret two process of change in the position of the individual which were occurring in parallel: the establishment and expansion of the state’s basic mechanisms of control on the one hand, and on the other, the strengthening of the position of the individual.
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