The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806

The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806

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Over the last forty years or so, research on the history of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (1495-1806) has been transformed almost beyond recognition. Once derided as a political non-entity, a chaotic assemblage of countless principalities and statelets that lacked coercive power and was stifled by encrusted structures and procedures, the Reich has been fully rehabilitated by more recent historiography. It is now being hailed by some as a model
of peaceful conflict resolution in the centre of Europe which, in the long run, was able to defuse the religious tensions created by the confessional divide of the sixteenth century and to protect its smaller members against the voracious appetite of more powerful neighbours. Some historians even draw lessons
from the history of the Holy Roman Empire for our present. The multi-layered, federal structure of the old Empire and its system of collective decision-making have been held up as a model for a peace-loving, multi-ethnic Europe, a European Union avant la lettre. Other historians have described the Reich as the first German nation-state, a political configuration based not on power and expansion, but on rights and liberties, the rule of law and a structural lack of capacity
for aggression. This volume takes stock of this research, particularly in the critical areas of the Empire's constitutional, religious and social history. A notable feature is the presentation of several decades of research in concise, accessible essays by continental scholars, much of it appearing in English for the
first time.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 150 x 221 x 28mm | 634g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 0199602972
  • 9780199602971
  • 2,214,509

Table of contents

PART I. THE CONSTITUTION HISTORY OF THE EMPIRE ; PART II. THE RELIGIOUS HISTORY OF THE EMPIRE ; PART III. THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE EMPIRE
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This is a book which deserves our careful attention. A collection of this sort lends itself to being treated primarily as a guide to research. It serves that role admirably, but it is much more ... While the individual essays are of great value, the whole is even more provocative and provides ample proof that the time is ripe for a new history of the Holy Roman Empire. Research, revealing in the process some of the main areas of controversy. * Wm. Bradford Smith, English Historical Review * A 'handbook' for the history of the Holy Roman Empire from 1495-1806, an aid to orientation which reminds historians of where future research should go. * Willi Eisele, Arbeitsgemeinschaft historischer Forschungseinrichtungen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland *
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