Maximilian I (1459-1519): An Analytical Biography, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Maximilian I (1459-1519)

An Analytical Biography, 1st Edition

By Gerhard Benecke


234 pages

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When originally published in 1982 this was the first biography of Maximilian I to appear in English for half a century. It assesses a man who was Holy Roman Emperor, founder of the modern Austrian state and the grandfather of Charles V and Ferdinand I. Maximilian was a key figure and an appreciation of his role and career is vital to an overall view of European society and politics at the dawning of modern times. The book gives an insight into Maximilian’s style of government and reveals the underlying personal factors that determined many of the key decisions which influenced politics and control during his reign.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Man and Image 3. The Politics of Land-Hunger 4. Austria – The Land 5. Austria – The Population 6. Standards of Life 7. The City 8. Rural Life: Thresholds of Violence 9. Mining and the Creation of Wealth 10. The Court of Maximilian and Bianca Maria 11. Menu-Peuple 12. Practical Politics 13. Necessity and Mentality 14. Domus Austriae: What Was the House of Austria?

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German History

Originally published between 1929 and 1991 the volumes in this set:

  • Offer a comprehensive and challenging interpretation of the German past
  • Assess Bismarck’s contribution to the German Empire and his legacy for modern Germany
  • Examine the psyche of the Germans and discuss the psychological impact of the Second World War on the Germans
  • Review critically not only the rise and rule of National Socialism, but also the strength of authoritarianism and militarism and the weakness of democracy in 19th Century Germany
  • Examine the inter-relationships between social and economic change on the one hand, and political developments on the other.
  • Analyse the significance of the Zollverein on economic growth
  • Discuss authority and the law in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic.
  • Analyse the contribution of German historians to 20th Century historiography
  • Chart key events in British – German trade rivalry
  • Include archival material from both the former East and West Germany.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany