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Central European History and the Holy Roman Empire

  • Joachim Whaley (a1)
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Central European History (CEH) began to appear at a crucial juncture in the historiography of the Holy Roman Empire. Of course its remit was much broader. Founded sixteen years before the British journal German History, Central European History, together with the Austrian History Yearbook (founded in 1965) and the East European Quarterly (founded in 1967), took over the role occupied between 1941 and 1964 by the Journal of Central European Affairs. Each of these US journals shared an openness to new approaches and to work on all periods since the Middle Ages, as well as a desire—in the words of CEH's inaugural editor, Douglas Unfug—to keep “readers abreast of new literature in the field …,” with “reflective, critical reviews or review articles dealing with works of central importance … [and] bibliographical articles dealing with limited periods or themes…”

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1 From the Editors” [Unfug, Douglas], Central European History (CEH) 1, no. 1 (1968): 3. Reprinted in this commemorative issue.

2 Blanning, T. C. W., “The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation past and present,” Historical Research 85, no. 227 (2012): 5770.

3 Taylor, A. J. P., The Course of German History: A Survey of the Development of German History since 1815 (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1945); Barraclough, Geoffrey, The Origins of Modern Germany (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1947).

4 Voltaire, , “Essai sur les moeurs et l'esprit des nations,” in Les oeuvres completes de Voltaire, vol. 24, ed. Bernard, Bruno et al. (Oxford, 2011), 41. See also Braun, Guido, La connaissance du Saint-Empire en France 1643–1756 (Munich: Oldenbourg, 2010), 584–87.

5 There is a good overview of the historiography in Schnettger, Matthias, ed., Imperium Romanum—Irregulare corpus—Teutscher Reichs-Staat. Das Alte Reich im Verständnis der Zeitgenossen und der Historiographie (Mainz: Philip von Zabern, 2003).

6 Seaman, John T. Jr., A Citizen of the World: The Life of James Bryce (London: I. B. Tauris, 2006), 4144, 128–30.

7 Bryce, James, The Holy Roman Empire, 6th ed. (London: Macmillan, 1922), 425.

8 Ibid.

9 Zeydel, Edwin Hermann, The Holy Roman Empire in German Literature (New York: Columbia University Press, 1918 [republ. 1966 and 2009]), 15.

10 Vermeil, Edmond, Germany's Three Reichs: Their History and Culture (London: Dakers, 1944).

11 McGovern, William Montgomery, From Luther to Hitler: The History of Fascist-Nazi Political Philosophy (New York: George G. Harrap, 1941).

12 Taylor, Course of German History, 13–33.

13 Hasselhorn, Benjamin, Johannes Haller: Eine politische Gelehrtenbiographie. Mit einer Edition des unveröffentlichten Teils der Lebenserinnerungen Johannes Hallers (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015), 166–82.

14 Faulenbach, Bernd, Ideologie des deutschen Weges: Die deutsche Geschichte in der Historiographie zwischen Kaiserreich und Nationalsozialismus (Munich: C. H. Beck, 1980); Langewiesche, Dieter, “Der ‘deutsche Sonderweg’. Defizitgeschichte als geschichtspolitische Zukunftskonstruktion nach dem Ersten und Zweiten Weltkrieg,” in Zeitwende: Geschichtsdenken heute, ed. Planert, Ute and Buschmann, Nikolaus (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008), 164–71. Also see Jürgen Kocka's essay on the Sonderweg in this commemorative issue.

15 Moraw synthesized the research he had published primarily in numerous essays in the 1970s and early 1980s in his magisterial survey, Von offener Verfassung zu gestalteter Verdichtung: Das Reich im spӓten Mittelalter, 1250 bis 1490 (Berlin: Propylӓen, 1985).

16 See, e.g., Stollberg-Rilinger, Barbara, Des Kaisers alte Kleider. Verfassungsgeschichte und Symbolsprache des Alten Reiches (Munich: C. H. Beck, 2008). See also Krischer, Andre, “Conclusion: New Directions in the Study of the Holy Roman Empire—A Cultural Approach,” in The Holy Roman Empire, ed. Coy, Jason et al. (New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2010), 265–70.

17 See Dorpalen, Andreas, German History in Marxist Perspective: The East German Approach (Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1985).

18 Repgen died in April 2017; his key work, first published in 1957, was Dreißigjähriger Krieg und Westfälischer Friede. Studien und Quellen, rev. and extended ed., ed. Bosbach, Franz and Kampmann, Christoph (Paderborn: Schöningh, 2015). On Lutz and von Aretin, see von Aretin, Karl Otmar, “Heinrich Lutz,” Historische Zeitschrift 244, no. 2 (1987): 487–93; Duchhardt, Heinz, “Nekrolog: Karl Otmar Freiherr von Aretin (1923–2014),” Historische Zeitschrift 299, no. 1 (2014): 285–90.

19 Severinus de Monzambano [i.e., Samuel Pufendorf], De statu imperii Germanici (Verona [in fact Amsterdam], 1667), ch. 6 § 9.

20 Whaley, Joachim, “The Old Reich in Modern Memory: Recent Controversies Concerning the ‘Relevance’ of Early Modern German History,” in German History, Literature and the Nation (Selected Papers from the Conference “The Fragile Tradition,” vol. 2, ed. Midgley, David and Emden, Christian (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), 2549; Wilson, Peter H., “Still a Monstrosity? Some Reflections on Early Modern German Statehood,” Historical Journal 49, no. 2 (2006): 565–76.

21 Stollberg-Rilinger, Barbara, Des Kaisers alte Kleider. This appeared in translation as The Emperor's Old Clothes: Constitutional History and the Symbolic Language of the Holy Roman Empire, trans. Dunlap, Thomas (New York: Berghahn, 2015).

22 Krischer, “Conclusion,” 267.

23 Blanning, T. C. W., Reform and Revolution in Mainz, 1743–1803 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974).

24 Scales, Len, The Shaping of German Identity: Authority and Crisis, 1245–1414 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012); Whaley, Joachim, Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, 1493–1806, 2 vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012); Wilson, Peter H., The Holy Roman Empire: A Thousand Years of Europe's History (London: Allen Lane, 2016); also see the forum dedicated to the Wilson volume in CEH 50, no. 4 (2017): 547–72.

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