German Histories in the Age of Reformations, 1400-1650

German Histories in the Age of Reformations, 1400-1650

by Thomas A. Brady Jr., Thomas A. Brady Jr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521717787

ISBN-13: 9780521717786

Pub. Date: 06/30/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book studies the connections between the political reform of the Holy Roman Empire and the German lands around 1500 and the sixteenth-century religious reformations, both Protestant and Catholic. It argues that the character of the political changes (dispersed sovereignty, local autonomy) prevented both a general reformation of the Church before 1520 and a

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This book studies the connections between the political reform of the Holy Roman Empire and the German lands around 1500 and the sixteenth-century religious reformations, both Protestant and Catholic. It argues that the character of the political changes (dispersed sovereignty, local autonomy) prevented both a general reformation of the Church before 1520 and a national reformation thereafter. The resulting settlement maintained the public peace through politically structured religious communities (confessions), thereby avoiding further religious strife and fixing the confessions into the Empire’s constitution. The Germans’ emergence into the modern era as a people having two national religions was the reformation’s principal legacy to modern Germany.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521717786
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
500,327
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Empire and the German Lands: 1. Reformations in German histories; 2. Shapes of the German lands; 3. Temporal estates - farmers, traders, fighters; 4. The church and the faith; Part II. Reform of Empire and Church, 1400–1520: 5. Reform of empire and church; 6. The empire and the territorial states; 7. The reform of the empire in the age of Maximilian; 8. Ideals and illusions of reforming the church; Part III. Church, Reformations, and Empire, 1520–76: 9. Urban reformations; 10. Revolution of the common man; 11. Imperial reformations in the age of Charles V; 12. Imperial peace, 1555–1580; Part IV. Confessions, Empire, and War, 1576–1650: 13. Forming the Protestant confessions; 14. Reforming the Catholic church; 15. Limits of public life - Jews, heretics, witches; 16. Roads to war; 17. The Thirty Years War; 18. German reformations, German futures.

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