Denmark, 1513-1660: The Rise And Decline Of A Renaissance Monarchy by Paul Douglas Lockhart

Denmark, 1513-1660: The Rise And Decline Of A Renaissance Monarchy

byPaul Douglas Lockhart

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One of the largest states in Europe and the greatest of the Protestant powers, Denmark in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was at the height of its influence. Embracing Norway, Iceland, portions of southern Sweden and northern Germany, the Danish monarchy dominated the vital Baltictrade. However, its geopolitical importance far exceeded its modest resources. Paul Douglas Lockhart examines the short and perhaps unlikely career of Denmark as the major power of northern Europe, exploring its rise to the forefront of European affairs and its subsequent decline in fortunesfollowing its disastrous involvement in the Thirty Years' War. Using the latest research from Danish and other Scandinavian scholars Lockhart focuses on key issues, from the dynamic role of the Oldenburg monarchy in bringing about Denmark's 'European integration', to the impact of the Protestant Reformation on Danish culture. The multi-national character of theDanish monarchy is explored in-depth, in particular how the Oldenburg kings of Denmark sought to establish their authority over their sizable-and oftentimes contentious-Norwegian, Icelandic, and German minorities. Denmark's participation in international politics and commerce is also investigated,along with the power struggle between Denmark and its rival Sweden over Baltic dominion, and the Danes' unique approach to internal governance.

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Paul Douglas Lockhart is a Professor of History at Wright State University.
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Title:Denmark, 1513-1660: The Rise And Decline Of A Renaissance MonarchyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:August 29, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I - The Development of the Consensual State, 1513-961. The End of the Medieval Monarchy, 1513-362. The Rebirth of the Oldenburg Monarchy, 1536-963. Reformation and Culture4. Commerce, Rural Economy, and the Structure of Society5. The Mistress of the Sound: Denmark and Europe, 1513-96Part II - The Age of Christian IV, 1596-16606. The Activist Monarchy of Christian IV7. Baltic and German Hegemonies: Denmark and Europe, 1596-16298. Church and Court: Culture in the Age of Christian IV9. The Death of Government by Consensus, 1630-4810. State and Society, Centre and Periphery11. War and Absolutism, 1648-6012. EpilogueGlossaryBibliographic Essay

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"Lockhart's book is based on a superb knowledge of Danish research. His work is empirical and analytical at a very high level.... Lockhart has written by far the best introduction in any language to the history of early modern Denmark."--Steffen Heiberg, The International History Review