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- Cambridge University Press
No group better embodied the traditional noble ideal in the late Holy Roman Empire than the pedigreed knights, Protestant and Catholic, of Electoral Mainz. This study traces the transnational "geocultural" landscape in which they thrived and its transformation by social, political and national revolution. It explores the comparative history of the knights who became divided between those who emigrated to the Habsburg Empire (where their geocultural landscape survived) and those who remained in Germany and forged a new identity as nobles in the cultural world of the "nation".
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||New Studies in European History Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)|
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).