Staatslexikon. Recht, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft. Hrsg. von der Görres-Gesellschaft. 6. völlig neubearb. und erweiterte Aufl. Freiburg, Herder, 1957-63. 8 v. LC A59-49.
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This work originated in the program drawn up by Georg Freiher von Hertling, the chief founder of the Görres-Gesellschaft and the Imperial Chancellor in the last years of the German Empire (1917-18). The first edition, in five volumes, appeared from 1887 to 1897; the present edition is "not so much a revision of the fifth edition as an entirely new work, wider in scope and greatly enlarged" (Catholic Historical Review, L [October, 1964] , p. 412). The purpose of the work is to deal with the concepts of the state, law, society and social problems, historically and descriptively from a Catholic philosophical and theological point of view. Planned by the specialists of the Görres-Gesellschaft in scope and emphasis primarily for the German-speaking world, it is, nevertheless, "Universal in its coverage, and highly recommended to all historians as an indispensable scholarly work of reference" (Ibid., p. 415).

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