Johann Casper Bluntschli collection
- Bluntschli, Johann Caspar, 1808-1881 (Person)
Conditions Governing Use
4.92 Cubic Feet (8 letter size document boxes, 4 legal size document boxes)
Bluntschli was called to the University of Munich in 1848. There, he devoted his energies to political science and German jurisprudence. The first great work of this period was his Allegemeine Staatsrecht which appeared in 1852, and was revised in 1875 as Lehre vom modernen Staat. Another notable work which had its origins in Munich (1857) and its completion in Heidelberg (1870) was Deutsches Staatsworterbuch.
In 1861 Bluntschli went to the University of Heidelberg, received appointment to the Upper House of the Baden Diet and was made a Privy Councillor. Largely instrumental in the constitutional reforms of Baden in 1864, Bluntschli also spoke out early for German unity. He was for many years President of the Grand Synod of Baden, and was chosen first President of the Institut de Droit International. He was renowned not only as a jurist but as a politician.
Johann Kaspar Bluntschli died suddenly on October 21, 1881.
Scope and Contents
Johann Caspar Bluntschli was an authority on Swiss and German jurisprudence. The student notes represent his methodic training in the source of law, Roman law. His later lectures, legal briefs, and research notes are a source for studying the development of Bluntschli's interpretation of Swiss and German legal questions. The handwritten drafts of Staats- und Rechtsgeschichte der Stadt und Landschaft Zurich and the article "Die historische Schule deutscher Juristen" (which first appeared in Arnold Reigers Halleschen Jahrbuch of October 1839) invite comparison with the published works.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These pamphlets have since been transferred to the Rare Books division of Special Collections, and are housed separately from this manuscript collection. They are available under call number D1 .A; other Bluntschli pamphlets are available under call number JX2775.B63.
Books, also part of the original gift, are also housed separately. Contact Special Collections for more information on accessing these additional materials.
Bluntschli's autobiography, titled Denkwurdiges aus meinem Leben, appeared in 1848. Additional biographical information may be found there, as well as in two pamphlets by Daniel Coit Gilman and Henry Baxter Adams: Bluntschli, Lieber and Laboulaye and Bluntschli's Life Work (1884). Copies of these pamphlets may be found in Box 1 in the folder marked "Biographical Information."
- Adams, Herbert Baxter, 1850-1901
- Bluntschli, Johann Caspar, 1808-1881
- Bodenstedt, Friedrich, 1819-1892
- Boeckh, August, 1785-1867
- Comparative law
- Constitutional history
- De Morthes, Leon
- Farjasse, D.-D. (Denis-Dominique), 1801-
- Germany--Mühlhausen (Rhein-Neckar-Kreis)
- Gilman, Daniel C. (Daniel Coit), 1831-1908
- Goldschmidt, Levin, 1829-1897
- Hasse, Johann Christian, 1779-1830
- History, Local
- Holtzendorff, Franz von, 1829-1889
- Ihne, W. (Wilhelm), 1821-1902
- Keller, Friedrich Ludwig von, 1799-1860
- Knies, Karl, 1821-1898
- Laboulaye, Édouard, 1811-1883
- Law, Germanic
- Lieber, Francis, 1800-1872
- Niebuhr, Barthold Georg, 1776-1831
- Oncken, Wilhelm, 1838-1905
- Phillips, G.
- Politics and government
- Rau, Karl Heinrich, 1792-1870
- Ritter, Carl, 1779-1859
- Roman law
- Rudorff, Adolfus Fridericus
- Savigny, Friedrich Karl von, 1779-1861
- Switzerland--Zurich (Canton)
- Thudicten, F.
- Zachariä, H. A. (Heinrich Albert), 1806-1875
- Zoepf, Heinrich, 1807-1877
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