Sources on the Rise of Modern Constitutionalism / Quellen zur Herausbildung des modernen Konstitutionalismus
Ed. by Dippel, Horst
Ed. by Dippel, Horst
Constitutional Documents of Austria, Hungary and Liechtenstein 1791–1849 /
Verfassungsdokumente Österreichs, Ungarns und Liechtensteins 1791–1849 /
Ausztria, Magyarország és Liechtenstein alkotmányerejü dokumentumai 1791–1849
Ed. by Reiter, Ilse / Cieger, András / Vogt, Paul
Aims and Scope
The Constitutional Documents of Austria, Hungary and Lichtenstein are now being published as volume 2. It contains a collection of 39 of the most important constitutional documents of these countries.
The 22 Austrian constitutional texts of the years 1816 to 1849 were edited by the constitutional historian Ilse Reiter. They include the “Austrian constitution” (Verfassung von Österreich) from 1848 and the “Austrian patent of basic rights” (Grundrechtspatent von Österreich), published in 1849, in which real basic rights were granted for the first time, under the pressure of liberal public opinion, but at the same time were severely limited by vague definitions.
In Hungary eleven constitutional documents were published in the period from 1791 to 1848. A strong liberal and national movement, directed against Austria, developed in the Kingdom of Hungary after 1806. This is reflected in the constitutional texts, in which Hungarian replaced Latin as the official language in the 1840s. The historian András Cieger edited the documents.
Six constitutional texts and regulations are recorded from Liechtenstein, which had been part of the Deutscher Bund (German Union) since 1815. They were edited and annotated by the archivist and historian Paul Vogt.
In this volume, a complete, authentic, annotated collection of historical constitutional texts is available for the first time to researchers, lecturers and students of history, political science, political philosophy, sociology and constitutional law. This unique and fundamental source edition documents extensively the constitutions of Austria, Hungary and Lichtenstein. At the same time, it supplements the microfiche edition Constitutions of the World 1850 to the Present, also published by K. G. Saur Verlag.