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Hippel, Theodor Gottlieb von 1775-1843

Works: 3 works in 4 publications in 2 languages and 9 library holdings
Genres: History  Records and correspondence  Military history  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: HQ731, 306.81
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Publications about Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel
Publications by Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel
Most widely held works by Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel
Denknisse und Erinnerungen aus der Zeit der Erhebung Preussens : aus Th. G. von Hippels handschriftlichem Nachlasse mitgeteilt by Theodor Bach( Book )
1 edition published in 1887 in German and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Th. G. v. Hippel's sämmtliche Werke by Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel( Book )
1 edition published in 1928 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
On marriage by Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel( Book )
2 editions published in 1872 in German and held by 1 library worldwide
In 1774 Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel, mayor of Konigsberg, anonymously published a landmark treatise, Uber die Ehe (On Marriage), that advocated equal rights and treatment for women within the marital relationship. Due to its wealth of worldly wisdom and humor, the work was immensely popular; three successive editions were published, each one expanded and altered in favor of more fair treatment of women in marriage. In this centennial edition, the first translation, Timothy F. Sellner has successfully captured von Hippel's lively prose and compelling ideas, bringing to readers a fascinating first glimpse at the struggle for women's liberation by a man whose ideas still challenge the notions of the late twentieth century. On Marriage was the most contemporary treatment of the subject in its time, for it viewed marriage outside of its religious importance. Von Hippel examined marriage, according to the principles of enlightened inquiry, as a human institution whose true function had long been obscured by centuries of religious practice, demeaning public prejudice, and meaningless superstition. He defined the ultimate purpose of marriage as the closest possible intertwining of two lives, with the precise interpretation of this concept varying from marriage to marriage, determined by the married couple alone. Marriage is not, von Hippel insisted, solely for procreation, as the Roman Catholic Church purported, nor was it a kind of safety valve for the sex drive, as the Protestants viewed it. Instead, he considered advantage or disadvantage of the marriage partners, the state, and the human race as a whole. With his new understanding of the ancient concept of marriage, von Hippel was attempting to free the institution from its burdens and limitations and to establish a more enlightened definition of this most fundamental union. Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel was both the quintessential man of the eighteenth century and a writer whose work speaks to readers today with astonishing relevance. He was a novelist and poet of great wisdom and touching sensibility; a political thinker who accepted only those forms of government which guaranteed liberty, equality, fraternity, justice, peace, respect for the individual, and intellectual, moral, and material progress, and an emancipator whose ideas still challenge the late twentieth century to rethink its deeply held notions concerning the relationship between the sexes
German (3)
English (1)
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