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The Resource Heart of Europe : a history of the Holy Roman Empire, Peter H. Wilson, (electronic resource)

Heart of Europe : a history of the Holy Roman Empire, Peter H. Wilson, (electronic resource)

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Heart of Europe : a history of the Holy Roman Empire
Title
Heart of Europe
Title remainder
a history of the Holy Roman Empire
Statement of responsibility
Peter H. Wilson
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The Holy Roman Empire lasted a thousand years, far longer than ancient Rome. Yet this formidable dominion never inspired the awe of its predecessor. Voltaire distilled the disdain of generations when he quipped it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. Yet as Peter Wilson shows, the Holy Roman Empire tells a millennial story of Europe better than the histories of individual nation-states. And its legacy can be seen today in debates over the nature of the European Union. Heart of Europe traces the Empire from its origins within Charlemagne's kingdom in 800 to its demise in 1806. By the mid-tenth century its core rested in the German kingdom, and ultimately its territory stretched from France and Denmark to Italy and Poland. Yet the Empire remained stubbornly abstract, with no fixed capital and no common language or culture. The source of its continuity and legitimacy was the ideal of a unified Christian civilization, but this did not prevent emperors from clashing with the pope over supremacy--the nadir being the sack of Rome in 1527 that killed 147 Vatican soldiers. Though the title of Holy Roman Emperor retained prestige, rising states such as Austria and Prussia wielded power in a way the Empire could not. While it gradually lost the flexibility to cope with political, economic, and social changes, the Empire was far from being in crisis until the onslaught of the French revolutionary wars, when a crushing defeat by Napoleon at Austerlitz compelled Francis II to dissolve his realm."--Provided by publisher
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Wilson, Peter H.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Label
Heart of Europe : a history of the Holy Roman Empire, Peter H. Wilson, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Note
"First published in the United Kingdom as The Holy Roman Empire: A Thousand Years of Europe's History by Penguin Books Ltd. 2016."--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ssj0001623922
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First Harvard University Press edition, 2016
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 941 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9780674058095
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015037932
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001623922
Label
Heart of Europe : a history of the Holy Roman Empire, Peter H. Wilson, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
"First published in the United Kingdom as The Holy Roman Empire: A Thousand Years of Europe's History by Penguin Books Ltd. 2016."--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ssj0001623922
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First Harvard University Press edition, 2016
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 941 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9780674058095
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015037932
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001623922

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