Memoir on the Constitutional Rights of the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein, Presented to Visct. Palmerston, Publ., with M. de Gruner's Essay on the Danish Question, and All the Official Documents, by O. Von Wenckstern

Memoir on the Constitutional Rights of the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein, Presented to Visct. Palmerston, Publ., with M. de Gruner's Essay on the Danish Question, and All the Official Documents, by O. Von Wenckstern

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...serve as a basis to the national law of both countries, inasmuch as they have not since been modified. II. Great changes have indeed since taken place in the national law of the duchies. The two principal conditions under which the Oldenburg family had been called to the throne, and which we have just detailed, were diametrically opposed to the familiar usages, and the rights of succession, then adopted by most of the princely houses of Germany. Since the thirteenth century, when fiefs had come to be considered hereditary and to be treated in a manner like family possessions, these families had by little and little got into a way of dividing their possessions among any number of sons whom the deceased prince might have left. Sometimes the country was altogether cut up; at other times it was agreed to enjoy the superior privileges of government in common, and to divide the territories with some inferior individual privileges attached to each part. The estates of such countries were of course greatly averse to such divisions, and opposed them as much as possible; for each new partition augmented the number of princely courts, and with them the expenses of the country. It is therefore clear beyond doubt, that the estates of the two duchies in prescribing the above-mentioned conditions to Christian, did not only intend to make certain of the union of the two countries for all times to come, but also to prevent any division whatever. But if this was indeed the end they had in view, in reserving to themselves the right of electing the successor of the deceased prince among his male descendants--a right which is found in no other German country, --the means was indeed ill chosen; for however moderately and carefully the estates might use this..show more

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  • English
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  • 1236903196
  • 9781236903198