Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, Volume 2: The Peace of Westphalia to the Dissolution of the Reich, 1648-1806

Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, Volume 2: The Peace of Westphalia to the Dissolution of the Reich, 1648-1806

Joachim Whaley


Germany and the Holy Roman Empire bargains a brand new interpretation of the advance of German-speaking relevant Europe and the Holy Roman Empire or German Reich, from the nice reforms of 1495-1500 to its dissolution in 1806 after the turmoil of the French innovative and Napoleonic Wars. Going opposed to the idea that this was once a protracted interval of decline, Joachim Whaley indicates how imperial associations built based on the crises of the 16th and 17th centuries, particularly the Reformation and Thirty Years conflict, and assesses the effect of foreign advancements at the Reich. relevant issues are the stress among Habsburg aspirations to create a German monarchy and the will of the German princes and towns to take care of their conventional rights, and the way the Reich built the services of a kingdom in this interval.

The first single-author account of German heritage from the Reformation to the early 19th century considering Hajo Holborn's research written within the Nineteen Fifties, it additionally illuminates the advance of the German territories subordinate to the Reich. Whaley explores the consequences of the Reformation and next non secular reform pursuits, either Protestant and Catholic, and the Enlightenment for the govt. of either secular and ecclesiastical principalities, the minor territories of counts and knights and the towns. The Reich and the territories shaped a coherent and viable method and, as a polity, the Reich built its personal special political tradition and traditions of German patriotism over the early glossy interval.

Whaley explains the improvement of the Holy Roman Empire as an early sleek polity and illuminates the evolution of the various hundred German territories inside it. He supplies a wealthy account of themes comparable to the Reformation, the Thirty Years warfare, Pietism and baroque Catholicism, the Aufklarung or German Enlightenment and the effect at the Empire and its territories of the French Revolution and Napoleon. It comprises attention of language, cultural points and non secular and highbrow activities. Germany and the Holy Roman Empire engages with all of the significant debates between either German and English-speaking historians approximately early smooth German background over the past sixty years and provides a impressive new interpretation of this significant period.

Volume II starts off with the tip of the Thirty Years conflict and extends to the dissolution of the Reich

Show sample text content

Download sample