"William Godsey has written a highly insightful portrayal of the Holy Roman Empire's imperial nobility during its crucial century of outward decline. Specialists will be pleased that this volume is no mere historiographical digest of recent works. Rather, it is the product of exhaustive research conducted in nearly two dozen public and private archives within Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany. For this reason, Godsey consistently offers his readers not only fresh perspectives, but also fresh material."
- H-German, Todd Berryman, Department of History, Hendrix College
"the book will interset specialists in the history of the nobility and more tentatively, historians of nationalism." - Kelly McFall, Bethany College
"A fascinating work that demonstrates the importance of the Holy Roman Empire and its end for the development of modern Germany, Nobles and Nation in Central Europe is a model historical mongraph, one of many that Cambridge has recently published in its series, 'New Studies in European History'." - Jonathan Sperber, University of Missouri
"...provides an important contribution to the question of noble identity in Central Europe." -Rita Krueger, Austrian History Yearbook
In the late Holy Roman Empire, no group better embodied the traditional noble ideal than the pedigreed knights, Protestant and Catholic, in Electoral Mainz. This book traces the transnational 'geocultural' landscape in which these knights moved and its transformation by social, political and national revolution. It explores the comparative history of these knights as they were divided between those who emigrated to the Habsburg Empire where this geocultural landscape survived and those who remained in Germany and forged a new identity as nobles in the cultural world of the 'nation'.