Blog:Manfred Hettling, Bürger, Bürgertum, Bürgerlichkeit (english version) 2016/06/08

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Now also published in English: The term "Bürger" thus refers to a basic historical concept, both territorially and historically, which developed in "old Europe" and referred to political configurations and political participation. Before an analysis of the phenomenon itself can be undertaken, first Manfred Hettling examine the term "Bürger" and its semantic tradition. In a second step, the term "Bürgertum" will be considered as a social formation. The integration of these diverse middle classes to yield a specific social formation was based, thirdly, on a unique cultural model of "Bürgerlichkeit", the way of life of the "Bürger".