Germany Under the Old Regime 1600-1790
German history in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is notoriously inaccessible to non-specialists. When other European countries were well on the way to becoming nation states, Germany remained frozen as a territorially-fragmented, politically and religiously-divided society. The achievement of this major contribution to the new History of Germany is to do justice...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 2nd 1991 by Longman Publishing Group
(first published August 1991)
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Pretty dense, but the writing is good and occaisionally inspired ("...individuals may have experienced a pleasurable shiver of wickedness by joining a secret society..."). The political narrative is strong. In particular, the section on the Thirty Years' War was quite engrossing, hitting as it did a good balance between detail and concision, a rare feat for such a complex period. The chapters on the rise of Brandenburg-Prussia from a middling Electorate to a great power are also excellent. The c...more