The Development of the German Public Mind: Volume 1 A Social History of German Political Sentiments, Aspirations and Ideas The Middle Ages - The Reformation, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Development of the German Public Mind

Volume 1 A Social History of German Political Sentiments, Aspirations and Ideas The Middle Ages - The Reformation, 1st Edition

By Frederick Hertz


526 pages

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Originally published in 1957, this study shows what the various sections of the Germans of every rank and class were thinking of the ruling men, how far they supported or opposed them, what were their wishes, hopes and fears, prejudices, ideals and standards of right and wrong. The influence of foreign thought, and parallels with the development of other nations is also discussed. The diverse sources used for research for this volume include religious and legal writings, literature, broadsheets, verses of minstrels, folk-songs and later, newspapers.


‘This is work of mellow scholarship and wisdom.' G. P. Gooch

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Middle Ages 1. The Early Influence of Nature on the Public Mind 2. The Influence of Germanic Traditions 3. The Influence of Christianity 4. Charlemagne’s Political System 5. The Fall of the Frankish Empire 6. Political Thought and Sentiment in the Time of the Late Carolingians 7. Religious Revival, Cluny and Lorraine 8. Germany Under the Saxon House 9. The Ideology of the Emperorship 10. The First Great Conflict with the Papacy 11. The Spirit of the High Middle Ages 12. The Rise and the Fall of the Hohenstaufens 13. Political Thought and Social Criticism in the Age of the Hohenstaufens 14. Opinions on the Decline of the Empire 15. Social Development and Colonisation 16. Rudolph of Habsburg and the Next-Following Kings 17. New Political and Spiritual Struggles with the Papacy 18. The Closing Middle Ages 19. Political Thought in the 15th Century 20. Social Criticism in the Late Middle Ages 21. The Development of Particularism and of the Constitutional Structure 22. The Effect of Particularism on the Law and Social Relations 23. The Jews in the Middle Ages 24. The Rise of National Power Politics in Europe. Maximilian I 25. Humanism and the Rise of the Modern Spirit Part 2: The Reformation and Counter-Reformation 1. Emperor Charles V 2. The Causes of the Reformation. Luther’s Personality 3. Luther’s Attack on the Papacy and its Immediate Consequences 4. Church Government and Social Reform in Luther’s Thought 5. The Spreading of Luther’s Teachings 6. Eberlin’s Plan for a Democratic Welfare State 8. Revolutionary Agitation Amongst the Knights, Hutten’s End 9. The Great Peasant War 10. Luther on War and Revolution 11. The Break with Humanism 12. The Rise of State Churches and a New Orthodoxy 13. The Anabaptists and Other Sects 14. The Freethinkers 15. Luther, the Turkish Menace and the Question of War 16. The Emperor, the Reichstag and the Protestants 17. The Civil War, the Religious Peace and its Effect 18. Calvin and the Reformed Church 19. The Regeneration of the Catholic Church and the Jesuits 20. Religious Strife Among the Protestants 21. The Counter-Reformation in Germany and Austria 22. Economic, Social and Cultural Developments 23. The Territorial States 24. The Thirty Years War 25. The Peace of Westphalia and the Aftermath of the War

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