By Martin Kitchen
On Whit Monday 1828, an odd formative years, slightly in a position to communicate and rarely in a position to stroll seemed in Nuremberg. This new case of a "wild guy" excited common interest, and lots of trendy figures desired to try out their pedagogical and clinical theories on the sort of promising topic. Who was once he? used to be he, as many claimed, the rightful inheritor to the Grand Duchy of Baden, or was once he easily an inventive fraud? This e-book examines the numerous ramifications of this attention-grabbing case, and gives many insights into the social, political and highbrow lifetime of Biedermeier Germany.
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Mesmer founded a club, the Order of Harmony, and similar clubs were formed in a number of French towns, many of which later became centres of Jacobinism. Alternative medicine, then as now, was both a self-indulgent fad and a cause taken up by those who felt that all 38 Kaspar Hauser was not right, not only with the medical profession but also with society at large. Mesmer’s ideas were based on a combination of Newton’s notion of the ‘ether’ which permeated space and matter with more recent discoveries in electricity and magnetism.
Although authoritarian and vain, he was a hard working and effective administrator. In 1808 the administration of Bavaria was reformed and the kingdom was divided into a number of districts. Nuremberg became the capital of the Pegnitz District. The districts were reorganized two years later and Nuremberg was now placed in the Rezat district whose capital was Ansbach. This was partly the result of the riots in Nuremberg in 1809 when the people had welcomed the Austrian army, forced Wurm to flee, and mishandled Count Thürnheim.
There were about 80 people in the city’s employ, most of them clerks and policemen and 20 teachers. There was a garrison of some 3000 men who stood guard at the city gates and controlled the visitors. A great deal was done for the poor and needy, providing food and clothing, medical assistance and education. Binder’s deputy mayor, Johannes Scharrer, instituted a special scheme whereby the working poor could put by a modest amount to help them out in times of unemployment. It was a remarkably successful idea which was soon copied throughout Bavaria.