The Knowledge Factory

in The Disordered Police State

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226870205
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226870229 | DOI:
The Knowledge Factory

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The Kammer in Hannover needed to ensure that Göttingen and its inhabitants enjoyed some modicum of prosperity. The decision to establish a new university in Göttingen created immediate problems. The Kammer hoped that an infusion of money from wealthy students could make the town flourish. Göttingen's prospects seemed bleak around 1724. Johann Heinrich Grätzel's manufactory flourished during the 1730s. His manufacturing enterprise was one of Göttingen's major attractions when the university opened its doors in 1734. Soon after his arrival in Göttingen, Johann von Justi began sending reports about the town's police to Hannover. He became embroiled in a nasty struggle with Göttingen's town council. Münchhausen valued Justi not for any “practical knowledge” about mines or town policing, but for reasons of reputation and publicity. Justi's cameral sciences had value to Münchhausen could build the reputation of Göttingen and its university.

Keywords: Kammer; Göttingen; Johann Heinrich Grätzel; Johann von Justi; Hannover; cameral sciences; manufacturing enterprise

Chapter.  13605 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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