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Germany and the Holy Roman Empire: Volume I: Maximilian I to the Peace of Westphalia, 1493-1648

Joachim Whaley


The work offers a new interpretation of the development of German‐speaking central Europe and the Holy Roman Empire or German Reich from the great reforms of 1495–1500 to its dissolution in 1806 after the turmoil of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. This is traditionally regarded as a long period of decline, but this work shows how imperial institutions developed in response to the crises of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, notably the Reformation and Thirty Years War, and assesses the impact of international developments on the Reich. Central themes are the tension between ... More

Keywords: Germany, Holy Roman Empire, Reich, Habsburg, reformation, German princes, Imperial Counts, Imperial Knights, Imperial Cities, enlightenment, French Revolutionary Wars, Napoleonic Wars

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198731016
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198731016.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joachim Whaley, author
Senior Lecturer in German, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge