A History of Modern Germany: 1648-1840, Volume 1

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Princeton University Press, 1982 - History - 531 pages

This second volume of a three-volume reassessment of the last five centuries of German history covers the two centuries from the crucial aftermath of the Thirty Years' War to the eve of the revolution of 1848-49. Dealing with the growth of absolutism, the author traces the founding of the Hapsburg empire and the rise of Bradenburg-Prussia, culminating in the conflict between Maria Theresa and Frederick the Great. Professor Holborn explores the impact of the French Revolution on Germany, its part in the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire, and the subsequent reorganization of the German states. In his section on the Congress of Vienna, he shows the struggle between the conservatism of Metternich and the incipient liberal and national movement. Students of German history will appreciate the attention given religious, intellectual, and social developments, colorfully presented in chapters on Baroque civilization and the age of Kant, Goethe, and Beethoven.

 

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Contents

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS AFTER 1648
22
THE RISE
42
The Political Situation in Europe after 1648 The Development of Pub
49
Early History of Brandenburg Frederick William of Brandenburg
63
GERMANY AND THE RESTORATION OF
101
RELIGIOUS INTELLECTUAL AND ARTISTIC LIFE IN
123
AUSTRIA AND PRUSSIA UNDER CHARLES VI
179
The Balance of Power The Quadruple Alliance The Austrian Succes
205
PART 11
285
Reform and Restoration 17901840
303
Social Structure Reform through Education The Triumph of
334
GERMANY AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION THE END OF
355
French Influence on Germany Reform in the German States Prussia
412
THE WARS OF LIBERATION AND THE PEACE SETTLEMENT
424
THE RESTORATION AFTER 1815
450
Mettemichian Absolutism Prussian Reforms after 1815 The Staatsrat
468

OF FREDERICK THE GREAT
237
GERMANY ON THE EVE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
278
Education The Gymnasium Reorganization of the Universities Liter
508
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Hajo Holborn was Sterling Professor of History at Yale University.

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