Ein Haus für Herkules
Höfische Kultur Interdisziplinär (HKI) 3
Dedicated to housing courtly architectural models, Landgrave Karl founded the so-called Modellhaus at the beginning of the 18th-century, an unusual building which went on to become one of the most admired sights of its time. The collection included, most importantly, a monumental model of the most famous of all the Kassel artworks, namely the statue of Hercules overlooking the extensive Karlsberg gardens. Through recently discovered plans, files, and contemporary travel memoirs, this book retraces the story of this unique building and its collection which lasted almost a century, guiding us through Berlin, Saint Petersburg, and Versailles, to reveal the continuing importance of models.
Coming in Summer 2021
The roots of contact linguistics. On the emergence of the language contact paradigm in the science of language
Reflecting on language contact and language mixing is part of the European-Western occupation with language from the beginning. Starting with Plato, it is for a long time a rather unexcited reflection, until in the 19th century, the perspective changes radically: the normality of cases of contact and mixing is gone, they become a research taboo first and only a little later a research focus, from which a separate discipline, contact linguistics, emerges. This book, for the first time, tells the whole story of the study of language contact up to the 20th century, and shows how critical-historiographic studies can help to understand and advance current debates (for example, in creolistics).
Coming in Winter 2021
Facilitating Cross-Border Family Life – Towards a Common European Understanding. EUFams II and Beyond
This volume constitutes the final study of EUFams II, a research project on European family and succession law funded by the European Commission. Its contributors present historical developments, discuss the status quo, and draw the lines along which European family and succession law may develop in the near future. The volume endeavors to inspire its readership and the scientific community at large to engage in further research along and across these lines.
Coming in Summer 2021
Marktstrategien der Kurienbanken. Die Geschäfte der Alberti, Medici und Spinelli in Deutschland
With their branch networks and partners, the Florentine banks dominated international monetary transactions of the 15th century. Thanks to their presence in the main commercial centres of the continent, the merchant bankers from Tuscany dominated the cashless processing of large transfers of money from all over Europe to the Roman Curia. Kurt Weissen examines how curia bankers, such as the Alberti and the Medici, connected Germany to this payment system via Bruges and Venice. He analyses the role played by the establishment of branches in Lübeck, Cologne, Basel and Constance and the importance of cooperation with German merchant companies.
Coming in 2021