German Histories in the Age of Reformations, 1400-1650

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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.

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" evaluation of Germany's transition over 250 years to the early modern era which will no doubt preoccupy historians for some time." -Georg Schmidt, European History Quarterly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521717786
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 505,669
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas A. Brady, Jr. studied at the universities of Notre Dame, Columbia, and Chicago. He taught for 23 years at the University of Oregon and 18 years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he held the Peder Sather Chair of History, and as a guest at the University of Arizona and the National University of Ireland at Galway. A specialist in central European history from 1400 to 1800, his principal writings include Ruling Class, Regime, and Reformation at Strasbourg 1520–1555; Turning Swiss: Cities and Empire 1450–1550; Protestant Politics: Jacob Sturm (1489–1555) and The German Reformation; The Politics of the German Reformation; and Communities, Politics, and Reformations in Early Modern Europe. In addition to his PhD from the University of Chicago, Professor Brady holds the PhD honoris causa from the University of Bern, Switzerland. He has held Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Humboldt fellowships and appointments in the Historisches Kolleg at Munich and in the National Humanities Center.

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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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