The Development of the German Public Mind: Volume 2 A Social History of German Political Sentiments, Aspirations and Ideas The Age of Enlightenment, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Development of the German Public Mind

Volume 2 A Social History of German Political Sentiments, Aspirations and Ideas The Age of Enlightenment, 1st Edition

By Frederick Hertz


486 pages

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Hardback: 9780367245795
pub: 2019-07-16
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Originally published in 1962, the second volume of how the psychological structure of German politics evolved deals with the age of monarchical absolutism and intellectual enlightenment, i.e. the last one and a half centuries of the Roman-German Empire. It traces the political principles which inspired the leading statesmen, the advocates of reforms and their adversaries, as well as the various social groups. This is a history of ideal and ideologies, of public opinions and of the ideas which a people holds of itself and other peoples and vice versa. It paved the way for an unprejudiced view of nations by comparing their thought and actions under comparable circumstances and investigating parallels and differences from a sociological point of view.

Table of Contents

1. The Empire, its Frontiers and Structure and the Spirit of Particularism 2. The Emperor and the Estates 3. Religion and Enlightenment 4. Germany’s Social Structure and Economic Conditions 5. Political Thought in the 187th Century 6. G. W. Leibniz 7. The Epoch of Louis XIV and the Rise of Monarchical Absolutism 8. The Conquest of Hungary by the Turkish Empire and its Consequences 9. Emperor Leopold I and his Policy 10. Hungary’s Liberation and Austro-Hungarian Relations 11. The War of the Spanish Succession and its Consequences 12. Emperor Charles VI 13. The Principal German States Until about 1740 14. Christian Wolff and Enlightenment 15. Prussia Becomes a Great Power 16. Frederick II, his Personality, Thought and Work 17. Maria Theresa and Joseph II. Their Personality, Thought and Work 18. The Smaller German States in the Age of Enlightenment 19. Political Ideas in the Age of Frederick II and Joseph II 20. The French Revolution and German Public Opinion 21. The End of the Empire

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