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Declining homogamy of Austrian-German nobility in the 20th century? : a comparison with the Dutch nobility

Abnahme der Homogamie der österreichisch-deutschen Aristokratie im 20. Jahrhundert? Ein Vergleich mit der niederländischen Aristokratie
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Dronkers, Jaap

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Abstract 'Has the Austrian-German nobility had the same high degree of noble homogamy during the 20th century as the Dutch nobility? Noble homogamy among the Dutch nobility was one of the two main reasons for their 'constant noble advantage' in obtaining elite positions during the 20th century. The Dutch on the one hand and the Austrian-German nobility on the other can be seen as two extreme cases within the European nobility. The Dutch nobility seems to have had a lower degree of noble homogamy during the 20th century than the Austrian-German nobility. However, the analysis shows that this is a consequence of the different composition of the Austrian-German nobility (higher noble titles, more nobility with feudal origins), a more modern concept of nobility among the Dutch nobility (paternal family instead of noble stock of paternal and maternal ancestors) and a successful merger of the feudal and post-feudal Dutch nobility. If one takes these compositional differences between the Austrian, German and Dutch nobility into account, then the Dutch nobility had a higher degree of noble homogamy in the early 20th century, yet their homogamy declined faster during this century than that of the Austrian-German nobility.' (author's abstract)|
Keywords aristocracy; historical development; genealogy; Austria; German Reich; spouse; mother; father; family research; wedding; social background; international comparison; Netherlands; Austria-Hungary
Classification Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior; Social History, Historical Social Research
Method historical
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 262-284
Journal Historical Social Research, 33 (2008) 2
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works