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Resistance, Representation and Community : Origins of the Modern State in Europe - Peter Blickle

Resistance, Representation and Community

Origins of the Modern State in Europe

By: Peter Blickle (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1997
ISBN: 9780198205487
Number Of Pages: 424

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By focusing on three key aspects of life and change as the European state developed, Peter Blickle brings together a wealth of scholarly experience from all over the continent to discuss the subject's role in State formation. Europe has undergone a remarkable process of democratization since the end of the Second World War, shifting the thrust of government policy away from foreign affairs and towards internal matters, and rendering social interest and conflict the driving forces in the historical process. This widespread acceptance of democracy has led to a renewed study of the history of the estates, and a corresponding increase in debate over the concept of representation. Here the debate is taken further with an examination of the role of the city constitution, and developments in rural settlements. Inextricably linked with the advent of wide-scale representation was an increase in resistance: this book examines the geographical spread of such uprisings, and offers explanations of why revolts were so few in Northern Europe but so prevalent in the Central states. The questions of who gained from the uprisings, and what they contributed to the development of the different forms of representation and community are addressed from a pan-European angle. The cities and villages of the late Middle Ages and early modern period were instrumental in building the political structure of the time. These settlements were determinative of the spirit of community, and a close inspection of these communities throws interesting light on the differences between peasant and burgher morality, and how these norms and values were integrated into the legitimizing of the state. This fascinating work examines the citizen's role in European development with a theoretical and conceptual, but also practical and pragmatic approach. The discussion crosses all national boundaries, and in a Europe which is constantly evolving is a relevant and timely addition to the series.

List of Maps
Introductionp. 1
Communal Autonomy and Peasant Resistance in Northern and Central Europep. 5
The Competence of the Rural Communep. 5
Forms and Character of Peasant Resistancep. 18
Explanationsp. 37
Summaryp. 41
Commentary from a French Perspectivep. 44
Commentary from a British Perspectivep. 54
The Monarchic State and Resistance in Spain, France, and the Old Provinces of the Habsburgs, 1400-1800p. 65
The Three Monarchiesp. 67
The Right of Representation: The Resistance Movementsp. 72
The Main Areas of Confrontation: Thematic Surveyp. 88
Messages and Responsesp. 99
Conclusionp. 112
The Commons and the State: Representation, Influence, and the Legislative Processp. 115
Popular Influences and Administration in the Early Modern Statep. 116
Popular Concerns and Influences on the Legislative Processp. 125
Legislation 'From Below'p. 132
Conclusionp. 150
Norms and Valuesp. 155
Norms and Values of the Peasantry in the Period of State Formation: A Comparative Interpretationp. 155
Norms and Values in the European City, 1300-1800p. 185
The Urban Belt and the Emerging Modern Statep. 217
Introductionp. 217
The Holy Roman Empirep. 225
The Low Countriesp. 256
Italyp. 291
Conclusionp. 320
Conclusionp. 325
The Common People and the Process of State Formation: Some Conclusionsp. 325
Bibliographyp. 339
Contributorsp. 390
Indexp. 393
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ISBN: 9780198205487
ISBN-10: 0198205481
Series: Origins of the Modern State in Europe
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 1st May 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.78