The Struggle for Mastery in Germany 1779-1850

The Struggle for Mastery in Germany 1779-1850

by Brendan Simms
     
 

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This book attempts to combine geopolitics, modernization theory and the primacy of foreign policy to provide a fresh perspective on the struggle for mastery in Germany before 1850. Any form of rigid determinism is eschewed; the outcome of this contest was still relatively open in 1780. Nevertheless, the book shows why after the upheavals--domestic and internal--of the

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This book attempts to combine geopolitics, modernization theory and the primacy of foreign policy to provide a fresh perspective on the struggle for mastery in Germany before 1850. Any form of rigid determinism is eschewed; the outcome of this contest was still relatively open in 1780. Nevertheless, the book shows why after the upheavals--domestic and internal--of the revolutionary period, and the geopolitical revolution of 1815, Prussia and not Austria was on the verge of winning the struggle for mastery by mid-century. At every decisive stage along the way, it was Prussia rather than Austria or the "Third Germany" which showed itself capable of socio-economic and (partial) political modernization in order to adapt to external pressures and opportunities.

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Analyzes a crucial period in European history, taking a quasi-Weberian approach centered on politics, systems of social domination, and administration. Focus is on the larger and middling German states such as Prussia, Austria, Bavaria, Baden, Saxony, and Wurttemberg, as well as the broader commonwealth of the Reich and the German Confederation after 1815. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312213107
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
10/15/1998
Series:
European History in Perspective Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Brendan Simms is Fellow and Director of Studies in History, Peterhouse, at Cambridge University.

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