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Nobles and Nation in Central Europe
Free Imperial Knights in the Age of Revolution, 1750–1850

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Part of New Studies in European History

  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521123150

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  • This is a study of Central European nobles in revolution. As one of Germany's richest, most insular and most autonomous nobilities, the Free Knights in Electoral Mainz represented the early modern noble ideal of pure bloodlines and cosmopolitan loyalties in the old society of orders. But this world came to an end with the outbreak of the revolutionary wars in 1792. Quite apart from the social, economic and political dislocations and loss, the era from 1789 to 1815 also meant a cultural reorientation for the nobility. William D. Godsey, Jr here explores how nobles in post-revolutionary Germany gradually abandoned their old self-understanding and assimilated with the new cultural 'nation' while aristocrats in the Habsburg Empire, which had taken in many emigres from Mainz, moved instead towards supranationalism. This is a major contribution to debates about the relationship between identity, cultural nationalism, supranationalism and religion in Germany and the Habsburg Empire.

    • Unique perspective on the social changes wrought by the Revolutionary era
    • Makes a major contribution to the history of early German nationalism and Habsburg supranationalism
    • Based on extensive archival research
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    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521123150
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Wealth and noble autonomy: the free imperial knights in Maine on the eve of revolution
    2. Nobles becoming Germans: the transformation of a concept
    3. Nobles becoming Germans: the destruction of a 'geo-cultural landscape'
    4. Between destruction and survival: knights on the Middle Rhine 1750–1850
    5. The past recaptured: knights in the Habsburg Empire 1792–1848
    6. From cathedral canons to priests: the Coudenhoves and the 'Catholic revival'
    7. The beginnings of conservative German nationalism: the 'naturalization' of Baron Carl vom und zum Stein (1757–1831)
    Conclusion
    Appendix. Families of Free Imperial Knights (1797).

  • Author

    William D. Godsey, Jr, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien

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