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Associative Political Culture in the Holy Roman Empire: Upper Germany, 1346-1521

Duncan Hardy


What was the Holy Roman Empire in the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries? At the turning point between the medieval and early modern periods, this vast central European polity was the continent’s most politically fragmented. The imperial monarchs were often weak and distant, while an array of regional actors played autonomous political roles. The Empire’s obvious differences from more centralized European kingdoms have stimulated negative judgements and fraught debates, expressed in the historiographical concepts of fractured ‘territorial states’ and a disjointed ‘imperial constitution’. This b ... More

Keywords: Holy Roman Empire, Upper Germany, late medieval, early modern, associations, alliances, leagues, imperial diets, political culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198827252
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198827252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Duncan Hardy, author
Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida