Early Modern Germany, 1477-1806 / Edition 1

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Attempts to present a coherent account of early modern German history are often hampered by the German equivalent of the Whig theory of history, by which all useful roads lead up to the creation of the nineteenth-century power state (Machstaat) or institutional state (Anstalstaat). In this kind of historiography, there are large "blank" areas between the "important" events like the Reformation, the Thiry Years War, the Seven Years War, and the French Revolution. During the intervals of apparent stagnation between these events, "Germany" seems to disappear, to be replaced by states such as Prussian and Austria, Saxony, Bavaria, and the Palatinate. Substantial areas are ignored, and groups such as the parliamentary Estates, which stood in the way of state-building, are virtually written out of most accounts.

Rather than focusing on the separate histories of the individual German states, Michael Hughes looks to the structure of the Holy Roman Empire in its final centuries and writes an account of Germany as a functioning, federative state, with institutions capable of reform and modernization.

For nineteenth-and twentieth-century historians, the Empire was seen as the embodiment of division and weakness. But by examining the first Reich, Hughes reveals the persistence of the idea of Germanness and German national feeling during a period when, according to most accounts, Germany had virtually ceased to exist. At the same time, he examines "the element of continuity in Germany's development . . . in an attempt to discover how far back in Germany's past it is necessary to go to find the roots of the 'German problem,' the Germans' search for a political expression of their strongly developed awareness of cultural unity."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812214277
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Hughes is a senior lecturer in history in the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is the author of Nationalism and Society: Germany 1800-1945 and Law and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Germany.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction
2. Germany on the Eve of the Reformation
3. The Reformation in Germany
4. Peace and Polarization: Germany 1555-1618
5. The Thirty Years' War and Its Consequences
6. Absolutism and Particularism: Germany After 1648
7. Dualism and Reform: Germany After the Seven Years' War
8. The End of the Empire: Germany and the French Revolution

Suggestions for Further Reading

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