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The Holy Roman Empire By Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

The Holy Roman Empire
by Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

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"First published in Germany as Das Heilige Reomische Reich Deutscher Nation: Vom Ende des Mittelalters bis 1806; Munich: Verlag C.H. Beck oHG, 2013"--Title page verso.
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The Holy Roman Empire: A Short History by Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

A new interpretation of the Holy Roman Empire that reveals why it was not a failed state as many historians believe

The Holy Roman Empire emerged in the Middle Ages as a loosely integrated union of German states and city-states under the supreme rule of an emperor. Around 1500, it took on a more formal structure with the establishment of powerful institutions-such as the Reichstag and Imperial Chamber Court-that would endure more or less intact until the empire's dissolution by Napoleon in 1806. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger provides a concise history of the Holy Roman Empire, presenting an entirely new interpretation of the empire's political culture and remarkably durable institutions.

Rather than comparing the empire to modern states or associations like the European Union, Stollberg-Rilinger shows how it was a political body unlike any other-it had no standing army, no clear boundaries, no general taxation or bureaucracy. She describes a heterogeneous association based on tradition and shared purpose, bound together by personal loyalty and reciprocity, and constantly reenacted by solemn rituals. In a narrative spanning three turbulent centuries, she takes readers from the reform era at the dawn of the sixteenth century to the crisis of the Reformation, from the consolidation of the Peace of Augsburg to the destructive fury of the Thirty Years' War, from the conflict between Austria and Prussia to the empire's downfall in the age of the French Revolution.

Authoritative and accessible, The Holy Roman Empire is an incomparable introduction to this momentous period in the history of Europe.

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The Holy Roman Empire Reviews

"Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, one of Germany's leading historians, provides an elegant, succinct, and thought-provoking account of that most baffling of states, the Holy Roman Empire. Her distinctive and novel approach balances the recent, more positive assessment of the empire as a functioning political structure with an innovative interpretation of its conservative political culture. Readers are given a clear explanation of why it overcame some problems and not others, and why it ended in 1806."-Peter H. Wilson, author of Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire
"This important book advances a new interpretation of the Holy Roman Empire that promises to free analyses of the empire's inner workings from the burdens of contemporary political memory. Stollberg-Rilinger makes the imperial political system, endlessly complex though it was, accessible and comprehensible to a wider audience."-David M. Luebke, author of Hometown Religion: Regimes of Coexistence in Early Modern Westphalia

About Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger is professor and chair of early modern history at the University of Munster in Germany. Her many books include her acclaimed biography of Maria Theresa, which won Germany's prestigious Leipzig Book Fair Prize in 2017, and The Emperor's Old Clothes: Constitutional History and the Symbolic Language of the Holy Roman Empire. Yair Mintzker is professor of history at Princeton University. His books include The Many Deaths of Jew Suss: The Notorious Trial and Execution of an Eighteenth-Century Court Jew (Princeton).

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The Holy Roman Empire: A Short History by Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger
Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger
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