German Histories in the Age of Reformations, 1400–1650

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-13
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This book studies the connections between the political reform of the Holy Roman Empire and the German lands around 1500 and the sixteenth-century religious reformations, both Protestant and Catholic. It argues that the character of the political changes (dispersed sovereignty, local autonomy) prevented both a general reformation of the Church before 1520 and a national reformation thereafter. The resulting settlement maintained the public peace through politically structured religious communities (confessions), thereby avoiding further religious strife and fixing the confessions into the Empire's constitution. The Germans' emergence into the modern era as a people having two national religions was the reformation's principal legacy to modern Germany.

Table of Contents

The Empire and the German Lands
Reformations in German histories
Shapes of the German lands
Temporal estates - farmers, traders, fighters
The church and the faith
Reform of Empire and Church, 1400-1520
Reform of empire and church
The empire and the territorial states
The reform of the empire in the age of Maximilian
Ideals and illusions of reforming the church
Church, Reformations, and Empire, 1520-76
Urban reformations
Revolution of the common man
Imperial reformations in the age of Charles V
Imperial peace, 1555-1580
Confessions, Empire, and War, 1576-1650
Forming the Protestant confessions
Reforming the Catholic church
Limits of public life - Jews, heretics, witches
Roads to war
The Thirty Years War
German reformations, German futures
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