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Germany and the Holy Roman Empire: Volume II: The Peace of Westphalia to the Dissolution of the Reich, 1648-1806


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Germany and the Holy Roman Empire offers a striking new interpretation of a crucial era in German and European history, from the great reforms of 1495-1500 to the dissolution of the Reich in 1806. Over two volumes, Joachim Whaley rejects the notion that this was a long period of decline, and shows instead how imperial institutions developed in response to the crises of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, notably the Reformation and Thirty Years War. The impact of international developments on the Reich is also examined.

Volume II begins with the Peace of Westphalia and concludes with the dissolution of the Reich. Whaley analyses the remarkable resurgence of the Reich after the Thirty Years War, which saw the Habsburg emperors achieve a new position of power and influence and which enabled the Reich to withstand the military threats posed by France and the Turks in the later seventeenth century. He gives a rich account of topics such as Pietism and baroque Catholicism, the German enlightenment, and the impact on the Empire and its territories of the French Revolution and Napolean. Whaley emphasizes the continuing viability of the Reich's institutions to the end, and the vitality of a political culture of freedom that has been routinely underestimated by historians of modern Germany.

About the Author

Joachim Whaley is Senior Lecturer in German, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge. Whaley read History at Christ's College Cambridge. He held Fellowships in History at Christ's College and Robinson College before becoming a Lecturer in German in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge, where he teaches German history, thought, and language. He is the author of Religious Toleration and Social Change in Hamburg 1529-1819 and of numerous articles on early modern and modern German history. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1984.

Table of Contents

Preface to Volume II

I. Reconstruction and Resurgence 1648-1705: the Reich under Ferdinand III and Leopold I

1. Historians and the Reich after the Thirty Years War

2. The Last Years of Ferdinand III: Western Leagues and Northern Wars

3. From Ferdinand III to Leopold I

4. Leopold I and his Foreign Enemies

5. A New Turkish Threat

6. Renewed Conflict with France

7. The Emperor, the Perpetual Reichstag, the Kreise, and Imperial Justice

8. Imperial Networks: the Reichskirche and the Imperial Cities

9. The Imperial Court at Vienna and Dynastic Elevations in the Reich

10. The Nature of the Reich: Projects and Culture

11. Interpretations of the Leopoldine Reic

II. Consolidation and Crisis 1705-1740: the Reich under Joseph I and Charles VI

12. Two Wars and Three Emperors

13. Leopold I, Joseph I, and the War of Spanish Succession

14. Joseph I and the Government of the Reich

15. Charles VI: Fruition or Decline?

16. Conflicting Priorities: c.1714 - c.1730

17. Charles VI and the Government of the Reich

18. The Return of Confessional Politics?

19. The Problem of the Austrian Succession

20. The Ebb of Imperial Power 1733-1740?

21. The Reich in Print

III. The German Territories, c. 1648-c.1740

22. An Age of Absolutism?

23. Contemporary Perceptions: From Reconstruction to Early Enlightenment

24. The Smaller Territories

25. Austria and Brandenburg-Prussia

26. The Revival of the Court and the Development of Territorial Government

27. The Court: its Culture, its Functions, and its Critics

28. The Development of Military Power

29. Princes and Estates

30. An Oppressed Peasantry?

31. Government and Society

32. Government and Economic Development

33. Public and Private Enterprise

34. Christian Polities: Baroque Catholicism

35. Christian Polities: the Territories of the Reichskirche

36. Christian Polities: Protestant Orthodoxy and Renewal

37. From Coexistence to Toleration?

38. Enlightenment and Patriotism

IV. Decline or Maturity? The Reich from Charles VII to Leopold II, c. 1740-1792

39. Three Emperors and a King

40. Silesian Wars, 1740-1763

41. Managing the Reich without the Habsburgs: Charles VII (1742-45)

42. The Return of the Habsburgs: Francis I (1745-1765)

43. The Reich without Enemies? Germany and Europe 1763-1792

44. Renewal: Joseph II 1765-c.1776

45. The Great Reform Debate: Joseph II c. 1778-1790

46. Restoration: Leopold II 1790-92

47. Central and Intermediate Institutions of the Reich

48. The Reich, the Public Sphere, and the Nation

V. The German Territories after c. 1760

49. Enlightenment and the Problem of Reform

50. Crisis and Opportunity

51. The Challenge of the Enlightenment and the Public Sphere

52. Protestant, Catholic and Jewish Aufklarung

53. Aufklarung and Government

54. Cameralism, Physiocracy, and the Provisioning of Society

55. Economic Policy: Manufactures, Guilds, Welfare, and Taxation

56. Administration, Law, and Justice

57. Education and Toleration

58. Courts and Culture

59. The Impact of Reform: Immunity against Revolution?

VI. War and Dissolution: the Reich 1792-1806

60. Ruptures and Continuities

61. The Reich in the Revolutionary Wars

62. Reverberations of the French Revolution: Unrest and Uprisings

63. Reverberations of the French Revolution: Intellectuals

64. Schemes for the Reform of the Reich in the 1790s

65. The Peace of Luneville (1801) and the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss (1803)

66. The Transformation of the Reich 1803-05

67. Final Attempts at Reform and the Dissolution of the Reich 1806





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Whaley, Joachim
Oxford University Press, USA
History, World | European | Germany
World History-Germany
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Volume II: The Peace
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2 black and white maps
6.2 x 9.2 x 1.7 in 2.475 lb

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