The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806

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Overview

The Holy Roman Empire lasted for over a millennium, yet its development and institutions are still commonly dismissed as largely irrelevant to broader historical issues. Recent scholarship challenges this view but until now has failed to provide a convincing interpretation of the political structure which provided the framework within which such major events as the Reformation and the Thirty Years War developed. Drawing on a wealth of specialist studies, Peter Wilson offers an alternative way of looking at the Empire, seeing it not as a failed monarchy or flawed forerunner of a later German nation-state, but on its own terms as a multi-layered structure combining monarchical, hierarchical and federal elements. Key stages in the Empire's development are explained within the context of wider European history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312223601
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Studies in European History Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter H. Wilson is Lecturer in Early Modern European History at the University of Sunderland.

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Table of Contents

The Holy Roman Empire Explained
• Constitutional Development
• Key Institutions and Trends
• Conclusions
• Maps

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