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Who Are You? Identification Deception and Surveillance in Early Modern Europe

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Mpostor who dissimulated and mimed any individual he so desired Through careful research and powerful narrative Groebner recounts the complicated and bizarre stories of the many ways in which identities were stolen created and doubled Groebner argues that identity papers cannot be interpreted literally as pure and simple documents They are themselves pieces of history histories of individuals and individuality papers that both document and transform their owner's identity whether carried by Renaissance vagrants and gypsies or the illegal immigrants of today who remain sans papier without pape Aik Thi Sara / ایک تھی سارہ research and powerful narrative Groebner 23 Weihnachts-Tiergeschichten recounts the complicated and bizarre stories of the many ways in which identities were stolen created and doubled Groebner argues that identity papers cannot be interpreted literally as pure and simple documents They are themselves pieces of history histories of individuals and individuality papers that both document and transform their owner's identity whether carried by Renaissance vagrants and gypsies or the illegal immigrants of today who Messy Jessy remain sans papier without pape

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Who are you And how can you prove it How were individuals described and identified in the centuries before photography and fingerprinting in a world without centralized administrations where names and addresses were constantly changing In Who are You Valentin Groebner traces the early modern European history of identification practices and identity papers The documents seals stamps and signatures were and are powerful tools that created the double of a person in writ and bore the indelible signs of bureaucratic authenticity Ultimately as Groebner lucidly explains they revealed as much about t Lisa Star and the Solstice Academy revealed as much about t

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Heir makers' illusory fantasies as they did about their bearers' actual identity The bureaucratic desire to register and control the population created from the sixteenth century onward an intricate administrative system for tracking individual identities Most important the proof of one's identity was intimately linked and determined by the identification papers the authorities demanded and endlessly supplied Ironically these papers and practices gave birth to two uncanny doppelgangers of administrative identity procedures the spy who craftily forged official documents and passports and the i Lisa Star and the Solstice Academy register and control the population created from the sixteenth century onward an intricate administrative system for tracking individual identities Most important the proof of one's identity was intimately linked and determined by the identification papers the authorities demanded and endlessly supplied Ironically these papers and practices gave birth to two uncanny doppelgangers of administrative identity procedures the spy who craftily forged official documents and passports and the i


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    An interesting book on the uestion of identity from 1200 through the modern times Mostly concentrating on the Middle Ages and Renaissance It talks about people's identities what they consisted of in various periods how they demonstrated them and why they demonstrated themIt mostly deals with the period 1200 through 1600 with some discussion of later periods through about 2005 It traces the history of European public identity What identify was considered to be who was identified why they needed to be identified and how they were identified Groebner provides some very interesting anecdotes He talks about the man who traveled throughout Europe in 1998 on his British Honduras passport It was 9 months before someone realized that there was no such country He also discussed the implications of incidents such as the sinking of a ship near Sicily in 1996 withe resultant drowing of hundreds of undocumentedillegal immigrants passengers SInce the people were undocumented they did not exist in the eyes of the neighboring nations Because of this it was years before those states even accepted that there had been a mass drowning He also traces the rise of national beauracracies to mnage the identity apparatus of nations and their various approaches successes and failuresThe book does have several negatives First the book was apparently translated from its original German to English Please note that I do not speak German nor can I translate So I have tremendous respect for those who can However I feel that the book could have benefitted from another pass by an English speaker The book's language is generally workable However I found the English clumsy occasionally halting and lacking a good flowIn the marketplace of ideas the langauge may end up excluding readersSecond the words terms and phrases in the book were often obscure at best I am not uneducated 2 US bachelors degrees and a master degree and yet there were many words that were not familiar to me Some I have not yet tracked down urnarritive Others are not in common usage and may have common English alternatives Polysemy Others may be uniue to specific academic circles Some may in fact simply be transliterated German words None seem to have a definition A glossery or pointers to a useful third party glossary might have benefited the reader Additionally some of the LatinGermanSpanishFrench with the German Spanish and French appearing in modern and historic dialects are translated into English and some are not Third and finally the copy I purchased is missing a number of pages through out the first and second chapters The missing pages were blank The missing pages did not benefit this reader in understand the author's writing Certainly before reading this book I would recommend that the reader exercise due diligence and verify that the entire book is present I am certain it will improve the reading experienceAll in all the book is an interesting survey into parts of the issue of identity It's clumsy English is a distraction and detracts from the reader's comprehension of the author's presentation But the ideas put forward by the author are interesting and worthy of reader's efforts