Nobles and Nation in Central Europe: Free Imperial Knights in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1850

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Dezember 2004



A groundbreaking history of nobles in Central Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


Introduction; 1. Wealth and noble autonomy: the free imperial knights in Maine on the eve of revolution; 2. Nobles becoming Germans: the transformation of a concept; 3. Nobles becoming Germans: the destruction of a 'geo-cultural landscape'; 4. Between destruction and survival: knights on the Middle Rhine 1750-1850; 5. The past recaptured: knights in the Habsburg Empire 1792-1848; 6. From cathedral canons to priests: the Coudenhoves and the 'Catholic revival'; 7. The beginnings of conservative German nationalism: the 'naturalization' of Baron Carl vom und zum Stein (1757-1831); Conclusion; Appendix: Families of Free Imperial Knights (1797).


William D. Godsey, Jr. is Tenured Research Fellow of the Historical Commission at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna. He is the author of Aristocratic Redoubt: The Austro-Hungarian Foreign Office on the Eve of the First World War (1999).


"William Godsey has written a highly insightful portrayal of the Holy Roman Empire's imperial nobility during its crucial century of outward decline. Specialists will be pleased that this volume is no mere historiographical digest of recent works. Rather, it is the product of exhaustive research conducted in nearly two dozen public and private archives within Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany. For this reason, Godsey consistently offers his readers not only fresh perspectives, but also fresh material." - H-German, Todd Berryman, Department of History, Hendrix College "the book will interset specialists in the history of the nobility and more tentatively, historians of nationalism." - Kelly McFall, Bethany College "A fascinating work that demonstrates the importance of the Holy Roman Empire and its end for the development of modern Germany, Nobles and Nation in Central Europe is a model historical mongraph, one of many that Cambridge has recently published in its series, 'New Studies in European History'." - Jonathan Sperber, University of Missouri "...provides an important contribution to the question of noble identity in Central Europe." -Rita Krueger, Austrian History Yearbook
EAN: 9780521836180
ISBN: 0521836182
Untertitel: 'New Studies in European Histor'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2004
Seitenanzahl: 306 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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