The Holy Roman Empire A Very Short Introduction

The Holy Roman Empire  A Very Short Introduction

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

Author: Joachim Whaley

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191065644

Category: History

Page: 144

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Voltaire's description of the Holy Roman Empire as 'neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire' is often cited to underline its worthlessness. German historians traditionally despised it because it had allegedly impeded German unification. Since 1945 scholars have been more positive but the empire's history and significance is still largely misunderstood. In this Very Short Introduction Joachim Whaley outlines the fascinating thousand-year history of the Holy Roman Empire. Founded in 800 on the basis of Charlemagne's Frankish kingdom, its imperial title went to the German monarchy which became established in the ninth and ten centuries. They claimed Charlemagne's legacy, including his role as protector of the papacy and guardian of the Church. Around 1500 the title Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation was adopted. An elective monarchy, the empire gradually developed from a feudal monarchy into a legal system that pacified the territories and cities of German-speaking Europe. By 1519 it had a supreme court and a regional enforcement system ended feuding. Throughout its lifetime, the empire's growth and history was shaped by the major developments in Europe, from the Reformation, to the Thirty Years War, to the French revolutionary wars, which led to Napoleon destroying the empire in 1806. The sense of a common history over a thousand years and the legal traditions established by the empire have shaped the history of German-speaking Europe ever since. Joachim Whaley analyses the empire's crucial impact and role in the history of European power and politics, and shows that there has never been a more durable political system in German history. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: History

German Literature A Very Short Introduction

German Literature  A Very Short Introduction

This Very Short Introduction illuminates the particular character and power of German literature, and examines its impact on the wider cultural world.

Author: Nicholas Boyle

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199206599

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 185

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German writers, be it Goethe, Nietzsche, Marx, Brecht or Mann, have had a profound influence on the modern world. This Very Short Introduction illuminates the particular character and power of German literature, and examines its impact on the wider cultural world.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Habsburg Empire A Very Short Introduction

The Habsburg Empire  A Very Short Introduction

From the very first, the emperors had to negotiate with the princes of the Holy Roman Empire, who built up their own territories within its borders, pursuing their own policies and interests. It is a mark of the princes' power that they ...

Author: Martyn Rady

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192511355

Category: History

Page: 144

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The Habsburgs are the most famous dynasty in continental Europe. From the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries, they ruled much of Central Europe, and for two centuries were also rulers of Spain. Through the Spanish connection, they acquired lands around the Mediterranean and a chunk of the New World, spreading eastwards to include the Philippines. Reaching from South-East Asia to what is now Ukraine, the Habsburg Empire was truly global. In this Very Short Introduction Martin Rady looks at the history of the Habsburgs, from their tenth-century origins in Switzerland, to the dissolution of the Habsburg Empire in 1918. He introduces the pantheon of Habsburg rulers, which included adventurers, lunatics, and at least one monarch who was so malformed that his true portrait could never be exhibited. He also discusses the lands and kingdoms that made up the Habsburg Empire, and the decisive moments that shaped their history. Dynasty, Europe, global power, and the idea of the multi-national state all converge on the history of the Habsburg Empire. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: History

Late Antiquity A Very Short Introduction

Late Antiquity  A Very Short Introduction

Sheds light on the concept of late antiquity and the events of its time, showing that this was in fact a period of great transformation

Author: Gillian Clark

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199546206

Category: History

Page: 153

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Sheds light on the concept of late antiquity and the events of its time, showing that this was in fact a period of great transformation
Categories: History

Byzantium

Byzantium

Explores the fusion of Roman political culture, Greek intellectual tradition, and Christian faith that characterized Byzantium. Shows how the empire held power for eleven centuries and why it ultimately fell.

Author: Peter Sarris

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199236114

Category: Byzantine Empire

Page: 169

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Explores the fusion of Roman political culture, Greek intellectual tradition, and Christian faith that characterized Byzantium. Shows how the empire held power for eleven centuries and why it ultimately fell.
Categories: Byzantine Empire

The Habsburg Empire

The Habsburg Empire

The Habsburg Empire reached at various times across most of Europe and the New World.

Author: Martyn C. Rady

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198792963

Category: History

Page: 153

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The Habsburg Empire reached at various times across most of Europe and the New World. At all the critical moments of European history it is there - confronting Luther, launching the Thirty Years War, repelling the Ottomans, and taking on Napoleon. Martin Rady introduces the fascinating and colourful history of the Habsburgs.
Categories: History

The Napoleonic Wars A Very Short Introduction

The Napoleonic Wars  A Very Short Introduction

Austrian influence in Germany arose from the fact that, with very rare exceptions in the past, the Habsburg Emperor was also Holy Roman Emperor. The Holy Roman Empire was a loose Central European confederation of 365 primarily German ...

Author: Mike Rapport

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191642500

Category: History

Page: 168

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The Napoleonic Wars have an important place in the history of Europe, leaving their mark on European and world societies in a variety of ways. In many European countries they provided the stimulus for radical social and political change - particularly in Spain, Germany, and Italy - and are frequently viewed in these places as the starting point of their modern histories. In this Very Short Introduction, Mike Rapport provides a brief outline of the wars, introducing the tactics, strategies, and weaponry of the time. Presented in three parts, he considers the origins and course of the wars, the ways and means in which it was fought, and the social and political legacy it has left to the world today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: History

The Holy Roman Empire A Historical Encyclopedia 2 volumes

The Holy Roman Empire  A Historical Encyclopedia  2 volumes

Roman Emperor; Frederick I Barbarossa, Holy Roman Emperor; Frederick IIIHabsburg, Holy Roman Emperor; Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor; Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor; Maria Theresia, ... The Habsburg Empire: A Very Short Introduction.

Author: Brian A. Pavlac

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440848568

Category: History

Page: 832

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Reference entries, overview essays, and primary source document excerpts survey the history and unveil the successes and failures of the longest-lasting European empire. • Provides a historical essay to give a concise overview of the Holy Roman Empire • Presents a timeline that highlights key events in the empire's long history • Offers topical sections of reference entries on significant topics • Features entries and a bibliography for further reading • Uses primary source documents to give readers firsthand accounts of life in the Holy Roman Empire
Categories: History

Intervention and State Sovereignty in Central Europe 1500 1780

Intervention and State Sovereignty in Central Europe  1500 1780

A Short History (Princeton, 2018); Joachim Whaley, The Holy Roman Empire. A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2018). 75 Wilson, Empire, 116, 171. 76 This section uses some material written by the author in Patrick Milton, ...

Author: Patrick Milton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192871183

Category:

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Interventions in other states on behalf of their subject populations is often portrayed as a novel phenomenon in state practice, one which breaches the old principle of sovereignty. But is this practice really so new? Patrick Milton argues that such interventions for the protection of other rulers' subjects occurred frequently as far back as the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. It is the first detailed study of interventions in the early modern period and focusses on central Europe, in particular the Holy Roman Empire. It therefore challenges the common view that in the period after the Peace of Westphalia (1648), the legal scope for, and occurrence of, intervention, were reduced. The book sheds new light on the geopolitical and legal interconnections between the old German Reich and Europe, while also providing comparative insights. It investigates the norms inherent in central European interventions and thereby contributes to a better understanding of the political and legal culture of the Empire, while also assessing the relative importance of geopolitical considerations in such undertakings.
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Goethe A Very Short Introduction

Goethe  A Very Short Introduction

In Goethe's lifetime, and until the creation of the Second German Empire in 1871, there was no country called Germany. Most of the German-speaking lands belonged nominally to the Holy Roman Empire, a loose confederation of states dating ...

Author: Ritchie Robertson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191003431

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

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In 1878 the Victorian critic Matthew Arnold wrote: 'Goethe is the greatest poet of modern times... because having a very considerable gift for poetry, he was at the same time, in the width, depth, and richness of his criticism of life, by far our greatest modern man.' In this Very Short Introduction Ritchie Robertson covers the life and work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832): scientist, administrator, artist, art critic and supreme literary writer in a vast variety of genres. Looking at Goethe's poetry, novels and drama pieces, as well as his travel writing, autobiography, and essays on art and aesthetics, Robertson analyses some of the key themes in his works: love, nature, religion and tragedy. Dispelling the misconception of Goethe as a sedate Victorian sage, Robertson shows how much of his art was rooted in turbulent personal conflicts, and draws on recent research to present a complete portrait of the scientific work and political activity which accompanied Goethe's writings. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography