A groundbreaking history of nobles in Central Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Wealth and noble autonomy: the free imperial knights in Maine on the eve of revolution; 2. Nobles becoming Germans: the transformation of a concept; 3. Nobles becoming Germans: the destruction of a 'geo-cultural landscape'; 4. Between destruction and survival: knights on the Middle Rhine 1750–1850; 5. The past recaptured: knights in the Habsburg Empire 1792–1848; 6. From cathedral canons to priests: the Coudenhoves and the 'Catholic revival'; 7. The beginnings of conservative German nationalism: the 'naturalization' of Baron Carl vom und zum Stein (1757–1831); Conclusion; Appendix: Families of Free Imperial Knights (1797).
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