On one level a history of the Electorate of Mainz in the eighteenth century, this book also seeks to illuminate a much wider area. In particular it is intended to be a contribution to the debate on the 'German Problem' - the growing cultural and political divergence between Germany and Western Europe in the modern period. Many historians have identified the crucial phase of this development in the nineteenth century; Dr Blanning argues that the eighteenth century was of equal if not greater importance.
Table of ContentsPart I. Prologue - The 'German Problem' in the Eighteenth Century: Part II. The Electorate of Mainz in the Eighteenth Century (1743–1803) Introduction: 1. The Electorate of Mainz, the Empire and the Imperial Knights; 2. Town and Country; 3. Enlightened absolutism: Johann Friedrich Count von Ostein (1743–63) and Emmerich Joseph Freiherr von Breidbach zu Burresheim (1763–74); 4. 1774: The aristocratic reaction; 5. Enlightened absolutism: Friedrich Karl Freiherr von Erthal (1774-1802); 6. Imperial adventures; 7. 'Revolution': Aschaffenburg and Mainz 1790 S. Revolution: Mainz 1792–3; Part III. Conclusion.