War, Religion and Court Patronage in Habsburg Austria: The Social and Cultural Dimensions of Political Interaction, 1521-1622

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Springer, Feb 2, 2016 - History - 331 pages
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This case study of the causes of the Thirty Years' War suggests an alternative framework to that of Absolutism, and views statebuilding as an interactive bargaining process that can engender challenges to political authority. It shows how selective court patronage changed the cultural habits of nobles in education, manners, and tastes, but failed to transform religious identities, which were intimately tied to noble interests. Instead, the confessionalization of patronage deepened divisions within the elite, providing multiple incentives for the formation of an anti-Habsburg alliance among Protestants in 1620.
 

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Contents

Coordinating State Reformation and Elites
21
Religious Reformations and Civil War
47
Confessionalization and conflict over church property
57
Toward civil War
66
Loyalists and noble opposition
76
Discourse of Division 161820
89
Security tyranny and resistance
96
Austrian
104
Conclusion to Part I
117
Social Capital Symbolic Power and Religious Conflict
125
Advancing at the Imperial Court
151
Confessionalizing Court Patronage
183
Conclusion to Part II
210
Bibliography
278
Author Index
301
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KARIN J. MACHARDY is Associate Professor of History at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She has published numerous articles on the early modern nobility and on historical methodology, and is co-editor of Fact and Fiction: German History and Literature, 1848-1924.

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