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This book examines the role of war and the development of the smaller German territories in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through the example of the duchy of WÜrttemberg. It reappraises traditional interpretations of German history that emphasize the role of Prussia and play down the significance of the smaller states. This is also the first comprehensive investigation of the relationship between developments within such territories and the structure of the Holy Roman Empire of which they formed a part. It reveals the Empire as a flawed but functioning political system and sheds new light on the reasons for its collapse in 1806.Read more
- Makes a significant contribution to a wide range of key debates in early modern European history
- The first comprehensive reinterpretation of the 'soldier trade' and of what the German princes actually spent their money on
- Gives full coverage of German social and political developments otherwise inaccessible in English
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"Peter wilson has written an important study which not only adds real substance to the slowly growing body of English-language works on the lesser states of early modern Germany...but also demonstrates that even they could pursue complex foreign policies aimed at something more ambitious than sheer survival." Central European HistorySee more reviews
"...well researched and crisply written" The Historian
"An important study that goes well beyond what a mere glance at the title might suggest, it is one of the most significant additions to Cambridge's 'Studies in Early Modern History' series." Franz A. J. Szabo, International History Review
"...a well researched and crisply written case study..." David Martin Luebke, The Historian
"...a challenging and impressive study....Peter Wilson has provided much new material in this study. We can learn much as a result of his extensive research and creative thought." Charles J. Herber, The Sixteenth Century Journal
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- Date Published: April 1995
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521483315
- length: 316 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 153 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.475kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
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1. Princely aims and policy making
2. Strategies and resources
3. The German soldier trade
4. Regent Friedrich Carl 1677–93
5. Eberhard Ludwig 1693–1733
6. Carl Alexander 1733–37
7. The Regency 1737–44
8. Carl Eugen 1744–93
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