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Germany and the Holy Roman EmpireVolume I: Maximilian I to the Peace of Westphalia, 1493-1648$
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Joachim Whaley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198731016

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198731016.001.0001

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The German Territories and Cities After 1555

The German Territories and Cities After 1555

(p.475) (p.476) VI The German Territories and Cities After 1555
Germany and the Holy Roman Empire

Joachim Whaley

Oxford University Press

After 1555 princes and urban magistrates faced the task of re‐establishing order and equilibrium. German historians have generally described this as a process of confessionalisation that led to state formation. In fact, however, the German territories remained subject to the authority of the emperor and the Reich and the process of confessionalisation was not as rigorous as many have claimed. Significant developments took place in administration, finance and taxation, education and the economic activities of the princes. The court emerged once more as a central institution; in cities, ruling councils tended to aspire turn themselves into closed oligarchies. From the 1570s, however, governments found themselves challenged by the need to respond to apparently increasingly severe social and economic crises. This had implications for the way that they dealt with the poor, with minorities such as the Jews and the gypsies, and with the phenomenon of witchcraft.

Keywords:   Confessionalisation, state formation, administration, finance, taxation, education, economic enterprise, courts, city councils, oligarchy, social and economic crises, minorities, the poor, Jews, gypsies, witchcraft

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