War, Religion and Court Patronage in Habsburg Austria: The Social and Cultural Dimensions of…

Hardcover | February 22, 2003

byKarin J. MacHardy

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This case study of the causes of the Thirty Years’ War suggests an alternative framework to that of Absolutism, and views state-building as an interactive bargaining process that can engender challenges to political authority. It shows how selective court patronage changed the cultural habits of nobles in education, manners, and tastes, but failed to transform religious identities, which were intimately tied to noble interests. Instead, the confessionalization of patronage deepened divisions within the elite, providing multiple incentives for the formation of an anti-Habsburg alliance among Protestants in 1620.

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This case study of the causes of the Thirty Years’ War suggests an alternative framework to that of Absolutism, and views state-building as an interactive bargaining process that can engender challenges to political authority. It shows how selective court patronage changed the cultural habits of nobles in education, manners, and tastes...

Karin J. MacHardy is Lecturer, Department of History, University of Waterloo, Canada.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 8.8 × 5.68 × 0.95 inPublished:February 22, 2003Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0333572416

ISBN - 13:9780333572412

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Part 1: Coordinating State, Reformation and Elites * Political Culture, Political Space * Religious Reformations and Civil War * Discourse of Division, 1618-20 * Status, Mobility and Religion * Advancing at the Imperial Court * Confessionalizing Court Patronage * Part II: Court Patronage and Noble Strategies * Social Capital, Symbolic Power and Religious Conflict * Advancing at the Imperial Court * Confessionalizing Court Patronage