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Germany in the Age of Absolutism - Rudolf Vierhaus

Germany in the Age of Absolutism

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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.

'In place of the traditional chronological account of history, Vierhaus presents a series of analytical sections of socio-economic development, of cultural life, of political organization, and of interstate relations. Without doing violence to the great complexity of the age, he manages to find a connection between certain individual characteristics.' Bulletin of the German Historical Institute '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 fields such a well-founded, comprehensive and yet concise account of this important period of German history.' Philosophy and History 'He has made the complexity of the era come alive in European and regional-territorial terms, especially its religious and cultural mentality ... In his carefully balanced presentation he has also not neglected the traditional emphases of political organization, wars, crises and conflicts.' Innsbrucker Historishe Studien 'I view Vierhaus's survey not only to be extraordinarily persuasive but in many ways brilliant and unusually stimulating.' Historische Zeitschrift

Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Germany after the Thirty Years Warp. 1
Socioeconomic Consequences: Collapse and Delayed Developmentp. 1
Sociocultural Consequences: Exhaustion, Stagnation, Provincializationp. 4
Political Consequences: The Particularization of Public Life, The Time of Governmentp. 8
Economic Developmentp. 12
Preliminary Remarks: Stagnation and Restorationp. 12
Demographyp. 13
Agriculturep. 16
The Industrial Economy and Tradep. 20
Mercantilismp. 28
Societyp. 31
Preliminary Remarks: Encrustation and Dynamic Elementsp. 31
Princes and Courtsp. 33
Old and New Nobilityp. 39
Clergyp. 43
The Rural Populationp. 45
Rural Artisanal and Manufacturing Laborp. 48
The Urban Populationp. 50
Exceptional and Marginal Groups, Outsiders, Lowest Ordersp. 52
New Urban Ordersp. 55
Cultural Lifep. 58
Preliminary Remarks: From Baroque to Enlightenment: Estrangement and Independencep. 58
Confessional Coexistencep. 60
Religious and Secular Baroque, Courtly Culturep. 65
Science, Culture, Educationp. 68
Pietismp. 75
Enlightenmentp. 79
The Worldview and Values of the Burgher Classp. 84
Political Organizationp. 87
Preliminary Remarks: The Estates and Absolute Monarchyp. 87
Emperor and Empirep. 90
Princes and Territorial Estatesp. 97
Imperial Church, Cities, and Nobilityp. 103
Government, Administration, and Bureaucratic Organization under the Sign of Absolutismp. 108
Absolutism and Enlightened Absolutismp. 113
Wars, Crises, and Conflictsp. 116
Preliminary Remarks: Germany and Europep. 116
The Preeminence of France and the Rise of the House of Austriap. 118
The Empire in the European Wars of the Early Eighteenth Centuryp. 127
The Rise of Prussia and German Dualismp. 135
The Seven Years Warp. 141
Conclusion: Germany at the End of the Seven Years Warp. 144
Chronologyp. 147
Bibliographyp. 155
Indexp. 165
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ISBN: 9780521339360
ISBN-10: 0521339367
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 24th February 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.28