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A social history of Germany, 1648-1914
Sagarra, Eda.
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Publication Information:
New York : Holmes & Meier, 1977.
Physical Description:
473 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1550 Lexile.
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HN445 .S23 1977 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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When it first appeared in 1977, A Social History of Germany 1648-1914 was one of very few studies in English that spanned the years from Germany's religious wars to the fall of her Second Empire. It was also the fi rst to attempt to integrate in a systematic manner the autobiographical records of contemporaries in assessing the work of modern German social historians. In a manner new to German historiography, Eda Sagarra used imaginative literature as a key record of contemporaries' perceptions of social history. Thus, by integrating concrete, individual experience with larger historical processes, her work addresses itself equally to the student of Germany's literature and society.

Author Notes

Eda Sagarra is professor of German at Trinity College, Dublin

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction editionp. ix
Part I 1648-1806 From the end of the Thirty Years War to the fall of the Holy Roman Empire
Introduction to Part I: Germany and the Thirty Years Warp. 3
1 The Holy Roman Empirep. 15
2 Court lifep. 22
3 The German nobilityp. 37
4 Town life in Germanyp. 56
5 The educated classesp. 79
6 Religious life and the clergy in Germanyp. 104
7 Army lifep. 130
8 The peasantryp. 140
9 The fringes of societyp. 155
Part II 1806-1914
Introduction to Part IIp. 175
Section 1 The authorities
10 The courts and the nobilityp. 183
11 The churches and religious life in the nineteenth centuryp. 203
12 The German armyp. 233
Section 2 'Bildung und Besitz': Education and property
13 The bourgeoisiep. 253
14 The bureaucratsp. 263
15 Education and elitesp. 273
16 The industrial entrepreneursp. 285
17 The Jewsp. 304
18 Artisans and small tradersp. 323
Section 3 Rural life and its problems
19 The peasantry and rural labourersp. 339
Section 4 Lower orders: manual workers
20 The industrial labour forcep. 359
21 Domestic servantsp. 379
22 The poorp. 389
Section 5 The other half
23 Women in German societyp. 405
Conclusion: Germany on the eve of the Great Warp. 424
Notesp. 428
Suggestions for further readingp. 457
Indexp. 463