The 11 cases represent chief dimensions of privacy and key historical conditions. Cases 1–2 privi­lege long-term development, and pursue notions of privacy through the fate of specific laws, build­ings, religious and political ideas and institutions across 3 centuries. Cases 3–11 are narrower scrutinies of notions of privacy and their societal conditions.

Eight cases currently being analyzed:

1: Copenhagen (1500–1800): negotiations of privacy in the nexus be­tween ruler and citizens

2: Amsterdam (1500–1800): notions of privacy inherent in civic distinctions and their architectural bearings

3: The City of Versailles under Louis XIV (1682–1715): Zones of privacy under­pinning social, political, and devotional aspects of power

4: City of Westminster under Eliza­beth I (1558­–1603): rela­tions between direct and indirect definitions of privacy

5: Dresden under Moritz (1541–53) and August (1553–86) of Saxony: notions of privacy at the interface of realm and household

6: Helmstedt (1620–81): potential interplays between theoretical and everyday notions of privacy

7: Altona (1750–1800): notions of privacy at the interface between civic ideals and practices

8: Glasgow (1728–89): no­tions of pri­vacy at the inter­face of civic theory and practice as well as commercial enterprises

Three cases still await examination:

9: La Rochelle (1568–1603): no­tions of privacy defined in the control of individuals’ religious conviction

10: Chatsworth House under the 1st–4th Earls of Devonshire (1610–c. 1700): notions of privacy in a specific household, its material space and intellectual climate

11: Arc-et-Senans: La saline royale (1771–1806): notions of privacy in an industrial ideal community