Kaspar Hauser

Europe’s Child

  • Martin Kitchen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Martin Kitchen
    Pages 1-21
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    Pages 36-50
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    Pages 81-97
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    Pages 98-111
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 195-239

About this book


On Whit Monday 1828 a strange youth, barely able to speak and hardly able to walk appeared in Nuremberg. This new case of a 'wild man' excited widespread curiosity, and many prominent figures wanted to test their pedagogical and medical theories on such a promising subject. Who was he? Was he, as many claimed, the rightful heir to the Grand Duchy of Baden, or was he simply an ingenious fraud? This book examines the many ramifications of this fascinating case, and offers many insights into the social, political and intellectual life of Biedermeier Germany.


child crime death Europe experiment Germany identity youth

Authors and affiliations

  • Martin Kitchen
    • 1
  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-42731-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4039-1958-8
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