Foundations in- and outside of Europe: about the transfer of community foundations

Despite foundations witness presently new times of prosperity, their emergence is not exclusively a recent phenomenon. An intellectual history on the idea of foundations and their modernity displays how this condition could form and generates new perspectives beyond common perception of foundations as objects of civil law. Since this perceptions of European welfare are often idealized in a global history, which is at present frequently measured by European characteristics of modernity, this article intends to indicate that the idea of foundations has been object and instrument to power politics and was part of adjustment to constitutional legality, religious and individual interests in the past. Modernity of social movements is indeed influenced by western models of liberal individualism.

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