By John P. McCormick
During this first in-depth serious appraisal in English of the writings of Carl Schmitt, John McCormick has supplied philosophers, historians, and political theorists with the main finished account of Schmitt's critique of liberalism to be had. He examines why know-how turns into a rallying cry for either correct- and left-wing intellectuals now and then while liberalism seems to be anachronistic, and indicates the continuities among Weimar's ideological debates and people of our personal age.
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The extemalledger had been a popular late medieval burial form for the elite, with finely carved profiles and lettering often around the edge of the stone. Many historic examples do not follow on directly from these, and were often relatively crude . Early Welsh and Scottish ledgers of the late 17th and early 18th century just have simple initials and perhaps a year (Shoesmith, 1980; Willsher, 1985a), though elaborately carved examples with longer texts are known from St. Andrews, Scotland (Fleming , 1931).
Whether in crowded urban environments, hostile colonial settings, or in rural landscapes where poverty was rife, life expectancy was no higher than it had probably been in the Middle Ages . Relatively few burials have been excavated for this period, and most demographic studies are based on documentary sources such 13 14 MORTUARY MONUMENTS AND BURIAL GROUNDS as burial registers . Social historians have studied these records extensively, and these provide a valuable context for the study of death and burial (Dobson , 1997; Slack, 1985; Wrigley and Schofield, 1981).
1. THE FUNERAL Following death, most individuals were laid out in the family home, and often dressed in grave clothes; this had been the case in the earlier period, but only documentary evidence is available in any quantity (Gittings, 1984). From the 18th century onwards, examples of clothing have survived not only in museum collections but also recovered from excavation. Significant numbers of clothing items were recorded at Spitalfields, London (Janaway, 1993; 1998), but they survive elsewhere in unpredictable ways in coffined burials within churches or other dry conditions.