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

Notions of privacy in urban, religious and philosophical ideals and their materi­alization. Foci: lodg­es for civic education; journals promoting healthy living; Al­tona’s freedom of religion and Gichtelian, Labadist and Jewish communities; the civic ideal de­scribed in police director Wil­lebrand’s Innbegriff der Policey (1767) reg. funeral processions, brothels, Gottesfurcht etc.; archi­tectural demarcations of privacy in resi­dences designed by C.F. Hansen; radical Danish subjects sent to Altona, e.g. J. Basedow, his Privatgesangbuch zur gesellschaftlichen […] Erbauung (1767) and his Die […] natürliche Weisheit im Privatstande der gesitteten Bürger (1768).

Research on privacy will add decisive new insights to research into, e.g., Alto­na’s social-religious life; see, e.g.,

  • Driedger, M.D. 2001. Zuflucht und Koexistenz: 400 Jahre Mennoniten in Hamburg und Altona. Bolanden-Weierhof
  • Kopitzsch, F. 21990. Grundzüge einer Sozialgeschichte der Aufkläurng in Hamburg und Altona. Hamburg
  • Zürn, G. 2001. Die Altonaer jüdische Gemeinde (1611-1873): Ritus und soziale Institutionen des Todes im Wandel. Münster