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Germany and the Holy Roman Empire. Volume 1, From Maximilian I to the peace of Westphalia, 1493-1648

Author: Joachim Whaley
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Series: Oxford history of early modern Europe.
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In the first single-author account of German history from the Reformation to the early nineteenth century since Hajo Holborn's study written in the 1950s, Dr Whaley provides a full account of the  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joachim Whaley
ISBN: 9780199688821 0199688826 9780198731016 0198731019
OCLC Number: 855197244
Notes: Originally published: 2012.
Description: xvi, 722 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Narratives of Early Modern German History ; I. GERMANY AND THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE IN 1500 ; 1. Origins and Frontiers ; 2. The Reich as a Polity ; 3. Fragmented Territories ; 4. The Reich and the German Nation ; II. THE REFORM OF THE REICH AND THE CHURCH C. 1490-1519 ; 5. The Reformation Era in German history ; 6. The Reich under Maximilian I ; 7. Reich, Papacy, and Reichskirche ; 8. Religious Renewal and the Laity ; 9. Humanism in the Reich ; 10. The 'Print Revolution' and the Public Sphere ; 11. Economic Landscapes, Communities, and their Grievances ; 12. Martin Luther and the 'Luther affair' 1517-1519 ; III. CHARLES V AND THE CHALLENGE OF THE REFORMATION IN THE 1520S ; 13. The Reich During the First Decade of Charles V ; 14. Luther and Imperial Politics, 1519-1526 ; 15. Luther and the German Reform Movement ; 16. Alternative Reformations and the Dominance of Lutheranism ; 17. The Knights' War, 1522-1523 ; 18. The Peasants' War, 1525 ; 19. Reformation in the Cities ; IV. MASTERING THE REFORMATION C. 1526-1555 ; 20. The Emergence of Protestant Territories ; 21. The Persistence of Catholicism ; 22. Charles V, Ferdinand, and the Reich in Europe ; 23. The Establishment of Protestantism, 1526-1530 ; 24. The Schmalkaldic League, its Counterparts, and the Politics of the Reich, 1530-1541 ; 25. Charles V as 'Lord of Germany', 1541-1548 ; 26. The Triumph of the Reich, 1548-1555 ; V. MANAGING THE PEACE 1555-1618 ; 27. Contours of the 'Confessional Age' ; 28. Emperors, Imperial Officials, and Estates after the Peace of Augsburg ; 29. Constitutional developments after 1555: Reichstag, Kreise, Courts, and Legislation ; 30. The Reich in Europe ; 31. Managing the Domestic Peace, 1555-c.1585 ; 32. The Consensus Falters, c. 1585-1603 ; 33. Paralysis, 1603-1614 ; 34. Problems of the Habsburg Dynasty ; 35. The Reich in the Reign of Emperor Matthias, 1612-1619 ; 36. The Crisis of the Habsburg lands ; 37. Imperial Public Law and the Struggle over the Imperial Constitution ; 38. Irenicism and Patriotism on the Eve of War ; VII. THE GERMAN TERRITORIES AND CITIES AFTER 1555 ; 39. Problems of Interpretation ; 40. A Benign Environment? ; 41. State Formation? ; 42. Domestic Order and Defence ; 43. Confessionalization? ; 44. Finance, Taxation, and Estates ; 45. The Resurgence of the Courts ; 46. The Imperial Cities ; 47. Responding to Crises ; VII. THE THIRTY YEARS WAR 1618-1648 ; 48. The Thirty Years War in German History ; 49. What Kind of Conflict? ; 50. The Reconquest of Austria and Bohemia, 1618-1623 ; 51. Ferdinand Victorious ; 52. Denmark and the War for the Reich, 1623-1629 ; 53. What Kind of Reich? Sweden and the Defence of German Liberties, 1630-1635 ; 54. Wallenstein and After ; 55. France, Sweden, and the German Way, 1635-1648 ; 56. The Peace of Westphalia ; 57. The Impact of the War on German Society ; 58. The Thirty Years War and the German Polity ; Glossary ; Bibliography ; Index
Series Title: Oxford history of early modern Europe.
Responsibility: Joachim Whaley.


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