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Author Hardy, Duncan, 1988- author

Title Associative political culture in the Holy Roman Empire : Upper Germany, 1346-1521 / Duncan Hardy
Edition First edition
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 302 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Oxford historical monographs
Oxford historical monographs
Contents Part I : Shared and interconnective structures and practices -- Part II : Associations and associative political culture -- Part III : Associative political culture in action: four case studies
Summary What was the Holy Roman Empire in the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries? At the turning point between the medieval and early modern periods, this vast Central European polity was the continent's most politically fragmented. The imperial monarchs were often weak and distant, while a diverse array of regional actors played an autonomous role in political life. The Empire's obvious differences compared with more centralized European kingdoms have stimulated negative historical judgements and fraught debates, which have found expression in recent decades in the concepts of fractured 'territorial states' and a disjointed 'imperial constitution'. This book challenges these interpretations through a wide-ranging case study of Upper Germany - the southern regions of modern-day Germany plus Alsace, Switzerland, and western Austria - between 1346 and 1521. It demonstrates that a range of actors and authorities shared the same toolkit of technologies, rituals, judicial systems, and concepts and configurations of government. Upper German elites all participated in leagues, alliances, and other treaty-based associations. As frameworks for collective activity, associations were a vital means of enabling and regulating warfare, justice and arbitration, and even lordship and administration. On the basis of this evidence, the book offers a new depiction of the Holy Roman Empire as a sprawling community of interdependent elites who interacted within the framework of a shared political culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-287) and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed August 28, 2018)
Subject Political culture -- Europe -- History -- To 1500
HISTORY -- Europe -- Germany.
Manners and customs.
Political culture.
Politics and government.
Holy Roman Empire -- History -- 1273-1517
Holy Roman Empire -- Politics and government
Holy Roman Empire -- Social life and customs
Europe -- Holy Roman Empire.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191866180
0192562169 (electronic bk.)
9780192562166 (electronic bk.)