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From Reich to State
The Rhineland in the Revolutionary Age, 1780–1830


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  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039826

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  • Napoleon's contribution to Germany's development was immense. Under his hegemony, the millennium-old Holy Roman Empire dissolved, paving the way for a new order. Nowhere was the transformation more profound than in the Rhineland. Based upon an extensive range of German and French archival sources, this book locates the Napoleonic episode in this region within a broader chronological framework, encompassing the Old Regime and Restoration. It analyses not only politics, but also culture, identity, religion, society, institutions and economics. It reassesses in turn the legacy bequeathed by the Old Regime, the struggle between Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the 1790s, Napoleon's attempts to integrate the German-speaking Rhineland into the French Empire, the transition to Prussian rule, and the subsequent struggles that ultimately helped determine whether Germany would follow its own Sonderweg or the path of its western neighbours.

    • Based upon extensive archival research in Germany and France
    • Draws on different historiographies to enable broad analysis including politics, culture, identity, society and economics
    • Examines state formation and nation-building in a clear, accessible style
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    • Joint Winner of The Gladstone Prize for 2003.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039826
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.523kg
    • contains: 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. 1780–1801: Enlightenment, Revolution, Occupation:
    2. Land, Stadt and Reich
    3. French invasion and exploitation
    Part II. 1801–1813: Napoleon:
    4. The Napoleonic method of government
    5. Identities and state formation
    6. War and society
    7. The Rhineland and the Continental System
    Part III. 1813–1830: Transition, Reform, Reaction:
    8. The end of the French Rhineland, 1813–1815
    9. The Rhineland and the development of Germany, 1815–1830
    10. Reflections

  • Author

    Michael Rowe, King's College London
    Dr Michael Rowe is a Lecturer at the School of Modern History, Queen's University, Belfast.


    • Joint Winner of The Gladstone Prize for 2003.

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