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Title:
From Reich to state : the Rhineland in the revolutionary age, 1780-1830
Author:
Rowe, Michael, 1970-
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Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xi, 331 pages : 3 maps ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521824439
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Book

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Summary

Napoleon's contribution to Germany's development was immense. Under his hegemony, the millennium-old Holy Roman Empire dissolved, paving the way for a new order. Nowhere was the transformation more profound than in the Rhineland. Based upon an extensive range of German and French archival sources, this book locates the Napoleonic episode in this region within a broader chronological framework, encompassing the Old Regime and Restoration. It analyses not only politics, but also culture, identity, religion, society, institutions and economics. It reassesses in turn the legacy bequeathed by the Old Regime, the struggle between Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the 1790s, Napoleon's attempts to integrate the German-speaking Rhineland into the French Empire, the transition to Prussian rule, and the subsequent struggles that ultimately helped determine whether Germany would follow its own Sonderweg or the path of its western neighbours.


Table of Contents

Preface
Maps
1 Introduction
Part I 1780-1801: Enlightenment, Revolution, Occupation
2 Land, Stadt and Reich
3 French invasion and exploitation
Part II 1801-1813: Napoleon
4 The Napoleonic method of government
5 Identities and state formation
6 War and society
7 The Rhineland and the Continental System
Part III 1813-1830: Transition, Reform, Reaction
8 The end of the French Rhineland, 1813-1815
9 The Rhineland and the development of Germany, 1815-1830
10 Reflections
Bibliography
Index