State and Nobility in Early Modern Germany
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State and Nobility in Early Modern Germany by Hillay Zmora
Book DescriptionOne of the most striking features of late medieval and early modern German was the countless feuds carried out by nobles. A constant threat to law and order, these feuds have commonly been regarded as a manifestation of the decline - economic and otherwise - of the nobility. This study shows that the nobility was not in crisis at this time. Nor were feuds merely banditry by another name. Rather, they were the result of an interplay between two fundamental processes: princely state-building, and social stratification among the nobility. Offering a new paradigm for understanding the German nobility, this book argues that the development of the state made proximity to princes the single most decisive factor in determining the fortune of a family. The result was a violent competition among the nobility over resources which were crucial to the princes. Feuds played a central role in this struggle that eventually led to the formation of an elite of noble families on whose power and wealth the princely state depended.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521522656
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Hillay Zmora
Feud in Early Modern Germany, Paperback (October 2015)
This groundbreaking book explains the widely accepted practice of feuding amongst noblemen and princes in its social context.
Monarchy, Aristocracy and State in Europe, 1300-1800, Paperback (September 2000)
This important new book takes a fascinating thematic approach, providing a useful survey of the position and role of the nobility in the government of states in early modern Europe.
State and Nobility in Early Modern Germany, Hardback (January 1998)» View all books by Hillay Zmora
A new and revisionary account of how the nobility grew and developed in late medieval and early modern Germany.
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