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From Reich to State: The Rhineland in the Revolutionary Age, 1780-1830

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Based upon an extensive range of German and French archival sources, this book locates the Napoleonic episode in the Rhineland within a broader chronological framework, encompassing the Old Regime and Restoration. It analyses not only politics, but also culture, identity, religion, society, institutions and economics. It reassesses in turn the legacy bequeathed by the Old Regime, the struggle between Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the 1790s, Napoleon's attempts to integrate the German-speaking Rhineland into the French Empire, the transition to Prussian rule, and the subsequent struggle that ultimately helped determine whether Germany would follow its own Sonderweg or the path of its western neighbors.
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" insightful political, economic, and cultural history of the Rhineland during a very turbulent period in German history...This is an important book that should be considered a "must read" for historians of Germany." John G. Gagliardo, Boston University, American Historical Review

"A work of broad scope that crosses sacrosanct chronological frontiers and navigates two national historiographies that have rarely been mastered by a single individual." | H-France

"An excellent and challenging work [...] useful reading for anyone interested in Napoleonic Germany (or Napoleonic Europe, more broadly), or in the development of political life in nineteenth-century central Europe." H-GERMAN

"The author of this study has written an excellent book about a crucial period of European history in one of the most important regions in the Western world." The Historian

"Rowe has crafted a carefully researched argument that, in unraveling the tangled legacy of transnational political cultures, demonstrates in measured and sensible terms how Rhenish society absorbed and adapted key elements of western European citizenship ideals. His scholarship not only provides an important regional supplement to Michael Broer's and isser Woloch's broader interpretations of Napoleonic Europe but also presents to German specialists a thesis of continuity that does justice to the Old Regime, Napoleonic and Restoration eras." Journal of Modern History James M. Brophy, University of Delaware

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521039826
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2007
  • Series: New Studies in European History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Michael Rowe is a Lecturer at the School of Modern History, Queen's University, Belfast.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. I 1780-1801: Enlightenment, Revolution, Occupation
2 Land, Stadt and Reich 13
3 French invasion and exploitation 48
Pt. II 1801-1813: Napoleon
4 The Napoleonic method of government 87
5 Identities and state formation 116
6 War and society 158
7 The Rhineland and the Continental System 193
Pt. III 1813-1830: Transition, Reform, Reaction
8 The end of the French Rhineland, 1813-1815 213
9 The Rhineland and the development of Germany, 1815-1830 243
10 Reflections 282
Bibliography 293
Index 322
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