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

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

by Joachim Whaley
     
 

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Germany and the Holy Roman Empire offers a striking new interpretation of a crucial era in German and European history, from the great reforms of 1495-1500 to the dissolution of the Reich in 1806. Over two volumes, Joachim Whaley rejects the notion that this was a long period of decline, and shows instead how imperial institutions developed in response to the

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Germany and the Holy Roman Empire offers a striking new interpretation of a crucial era in German and European history, from the great reforms of 1495-1500 to the dissolution of the Reich in 1806. Over two volumes, Joachim Whaley rejects the notion that this was a long period of decline, and shows instead how imperial institutions developed in response to the crises of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, notably the Reformation and Thirty Years War. The impact of international developments on the Reich is also examined.

Volume II begins with the Peace of Westphalia and concludes with the dissolution of the Reich. Whaley analyses the remarkable resurgence of the Reich after the Thirty Years War, which saw the Habsburg emperors achieve a new position of power and influence and which enabled the Reich to withstand the military threats posed by France and the Turks in the later seventeenth century. He gives a rich account of topics such as Pietism and baroque Catholicism, the German enlightenment, and the impact on the Empire and its territories of the French Revolution and Napolean. Whaley emphasizes the continuing viability of the Reich's institutions to the end, and the vitality of a political culture of freedom that has been routinely underestimated by historians of modern Germany.

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"Joachim Whaley crowns a long generation's work of demystifying the empire's history with these two large, learned, and impressive volumes. ... [A] magnificent achievement." —Journal of Modern History

"Whaley's account is one of the best works on early modern German history. From the first page to the last, it shows how German history can be presented as both a history of Emperor and Empire, and a history of common culture. It will immediately establish itself as a standard guide to its subject."—Georg Schmidt, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

"These two volumes offer an historical survey of roughly three centuries such as I have never before encountered. Joachim Whaley has produced a masterpiece. He has not overlooked anything at all. The two volumes are perfectly researched and the price of 130$e is more than reasonable. Anyone interested in modern history and in particular the history of Germany must read this work." —Fachbuch Kritik (review of the German edition)

"'...[A] pleasure to read.... Whaley shows how the efforts to create an intellectual and political framework in the pre-constitutional era had lasting effects to the present." —Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (review of the German edition)

"[A] great achievement that he has introduced the English-speaking public to German history before the twentieth century in such a comprehensive manner and that he shows so decisively how the old national narrative has been revised. The sheer volume of the material that he employs also commands respect." —Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (review of the German edition)

"The new standard work on the period in which people still spoke of 'German liberties.'" —Die Zeit (review of the German edition)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199688838
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/01/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
784
Sales rank:
1,433,122
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.90(d)

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