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Early Modern Germany, 1477-1806 Paperback – May 1, 1992


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (May 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812214277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812214277
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Hughes is a senior lecturer in history in the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is the author of Nationalism and Society: Germany 1800-1945 and Law and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Germany.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Hart on June 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Hughes' take on Germany is a pretty solid representation of general revisionist scholarship of early modern Germany. He clearly shows the trends and ideas that flowed through the period, particularly territorial sovereignty and anti-Imperialism. Important in his work is an assessment of the decentralization of the empire as a continual process throughout the period, not a consequence of Westphalia. He also puts a lot of attention of the anti-Hapsburg elements in the empire as driving much of the conflict of the time, and the dynastic attitudes of the Hapsburg rulers.
Hughes tries to take on too much in his book, however. He essentially tries to cover more than three centuries in about 170 pages, and in doing so comes across as writing more of a textbook-style overview than strong historical scholarship. It still remains a convincing work, he just perhaps should have either expanded the size or condensed the scope.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By themcmanusbro on March 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Condensing all of Early Modern Germany into a one-volume history is quite the ambitious project, but Michael Hughes seems to include just enough details to keep it alive. Sadly, he has succumbed to an anti-chronological trend that makes the book time-consuming and tedious to read. There is plenty of information here to serve as the backbone for a course on the subject, but it will be difficult for students to glean anything from it. Look for a history that reads more like a story, because in most European languages, the two concepts are one and the same word. What a shame that modern historians, so full of rich information, have become so obsessed with little fantastical trends that they can no longer make their valuable knowledge relevant. What a shame, too, that an author can purport to defy the "tradition" of focusing on the rise of Prussia as the logical culmination of the history of the Holy Roman Empire--and yet continue to view the rise of ideological "modernity" and revolutionary republicanism in such a light, with only a nod toward what he admits are the very well-developed and biting Christian and traditionalist critiques.
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