From Reich to Revolution
German History, 1558-1806
By (author) Peter H. Wilson
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From Reich to Revolution by Peter H. Wilson
Book DescriptionGerman history after the Reformation is often seen as a confusing period of political failures before the emergence of powerful states like Prussia give some coherence to the national story. The inability of Emperor Charles V to solve Germany's political and religious problems by 1558 seems to condemn the country to the chaos of the Thirty Years War and the subsequent partition of the Reich, or Holy Roman Empire, into virtually independent states until its final collapse in 1806. Peter H. Wilson's major new study: - weaves insights from the latest research into a comprehensive account of German social, political and cultural development across two and a half centuries - addresses fundamental questions, such as how the apparently fragile structure of the Reich survived the trauma of the Thirty Years War and why, despite gross social inequality, Germany did not experience mass French-style revolution - provides a helpful glossary, detailed appendices and a guide to further reading to aid study
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333652435
(221mm x 142mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 22-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Peter H. Wilson
PETER H. WILSON is Professor of History at the University of Hull, UK.
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