The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806

Hardcover | April 30, 2011

EditorR. J. W. Evans, Michael Schaich, Peter H. Wilson

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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 powerand 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 createdby 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 thecritical 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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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 powerand was stifled by encrusted structures and p...

R. J. W. Evans is Regius Professor of History at the University of Oxford. Michael Schaich is Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute of London. Peter H. Wilson is G. F. Grant Professor of History at the University of Hull.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pagesPublished:April 30, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Peter H. Wilson and Michael Schaich: IntroductionPart I. The Constitution History of the Empire2. Karl Otmar von Aretin: The Old Reich: A Federation or a State of the German Nation?3. Georg Schmidt: The Old Reich: The State and Nation of the Germans4. Leopold Auer: The Role of the Imperial Auli Council in the Constitutional Structure of the Holy Roman Empire5. Siegrid Westphal: Does the Holy Roman Empire Need a New Institutional History?6. Peter H. Wilson: The Thirty Years War as the Empire's Constitutional Crisis7. Karl Harter: The Permanent Imperial Diet in European Context, 1663-1806Part II. The Religious History of the Empire8. C. Scott Dixon: The Imperial Cities and the Politics of Reformation9. Franz Brendle and Anton Schindling: Religious War and Religious Peace in the Age of Reformation10. Dominic Phelps: The Triumph of Unity over Dualism: Saxony and the Imperial Elections 1559-161911. Trevor Johnson: Re-Catholicization in the Empire: Strategies, Problems, Consequences12. Marc R. Foster: Catholic Culture and Rural SocietyPart III. The Social and Cultural History of the Empire13. Susan C. Karant-Nunn: Is there a Social History of the Holy Roman Empire?14. Christian Wieland: German Aristocracies and Social Discipline: Noble Hierarchies, the State, and the Law in Sixteenth-Century Bavaria15. Hillay Zmora: The Formation of the Imperial Knighthood in Franconia: A Comparative European Perspective16. Joachim Whaley: A German Nation? National and Confessional Identities before the Thirty Years War17. Markus Volkel: The 'Historical Consciousness' of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century)18. Wolfgang Behringer: The Holy Roman Empire as a Communication(s) Universe19. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger: On the Function of Rituals in the Holy Roman Empire