Princes and Territories in Medieval Germany
By (author) Benjamin Arnold
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Princes and Territories in Medieval Germany by Benjamin Arnold
Book DescriptionThis book addresses the most important question in pre-modern German political history: why did a multiplicity of states and territories emerge by the end of the Middle Ages instead of an incipient 'nation state' under the crown? The answer is found not in the supposed failures of German kingship, but instead in the creative aristocratic successes of the secular dynasties and princes of the Church. We see how their collective efforts in the centuries after 1050 added up to a more markedly territorial structure of regional power, already emerging by the thirteenth century as a result of their endeavours in the economy, internal and external colonization, and the establishment of new castles, towns, monasteries and communications; in local, ecclesiastical and imperial law, and the jurisdictional reform which they imposed in their regions; and in the uses of dynastic politics, including feuds as well as alliances, inheritance and partition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521390859
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jul-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Benjamin Arnold
Power and Property in Medieval Germany, Hardback (September 2004)
Looks at the problems posed by power and property in a medieval society, in this case the German kingdom. In a series of interrelated studies, the author explains the ongoing social and economic relationships between classes and institutions, peasants and lords, the royal court, towns and townsfolk, and the Church and aristocracy.
Princes and Territories in Medieval Germany, Paperback (January 2004)
A powerful analysis of regional power, filling a major gap in English language writing on medieval Germany.
Medieval Germany, 500-1300, Hardback (June 1997)» View all books by Benjamin Arnold
Interprets the foundation of Germany, based upon the three major characteristics of medieval forms of government: its division into several distinct peoples with their own national identity; the imperial ambitions aspired to by successive German dynasties; and the structure of German kingship.
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