Synopses & Reviews
Rudolf Vierhaus's work is much more than a political history of Germany from the Thirty Years' War to the end of the Seven Years' War. His study reconstructs the historical elements that marked this age. He examines economic developments, the social system, and cultural life, even as he continues to pay close attention to Germany's political organizations, its wars, and political conflicts. German history is set both within the diverse pattern of its regional life and the larger European context, in order to restore a full analytical complexity to the age of absolutism.
"It is hardly possible to imagine a more suitable author for this project, which seeks to present German history as a part of European history and not just as severely restricted national history...It is seldom one finds such a well-founded, comprehensive and yet concise account of this important period of German history." Philosophy and History
Rudolf Vierhaus looks at Germany in the age of absolutism, examining economic developments, the social system, and cultural life, political organization, its war, and political conflicts. This study restores a full analytical complexity to the age of absolutism.
Reconstructs the structures that marked the history of Germany from the Thirty Years' War to the end of the Seven Years' War.
German history is examined within the diverse pattern of its regional life, as well as the larger European context, in this study of economic developments, the social system, cultural life amd political organization.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; 1. Economic development; 2. Society; 3. Cultural life; 4. Political organization; 5. Wars, Crises, and Conflicts; Conclusion; Chronology; Bibliography; Index.