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German villages in crisis : rural life in Hesse-Kassel and the Thirty Years' War, 1580-1720 /
John Theibault.
imprint
Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press, 1995.
description
xi, 237 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0391038397
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imprint
Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press, 1995.
isbn
0391038397
general note
Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.).
catalogue key
1358163
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1996-02:
Theibault's work is a regional study of the villages of Hesse-Cassel's Werra River valley. The author does not represent the area--roughly the eastern fifth of the landgraviate--as typical, or even as a model to be applied elsewhere. He does, however, provide a thoughtful microanalysis of village structures and relationships during the Thirty Years' War. Although the book fits into the larger debate about the war's effects, its main goal is to define and trace the interaction among the various players in village life, as well as interactions with the instruments of Herrschaft represented by Amt (administrative district) officials, seigneurial nobles, and the territorial ruler himself. Rather than emphasize the war as a major exogenous force, he examines it as a catalyst for bringing existing circumstances, relationships, and conflicts into sharper focus. The study makes some fascinating revelations about the local texture of village life, e.g., the existence of multiple seigneurial jurisdictions and the surprisingly orderly ways in which hostile forces occupied and taxed the villages, to the extent of concluding arrangements not only with the villagers themselves, but also with the landgrave, the estates, and even with opposing armies. Graduate, faculty. C. Ingrao; Purdue University
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Summaries
Description for Reader
All those interested in German History, the Early Modern Period (1495-1648) (1555-1740), the "General Crisis" of the seventeenth century, and 17th century Europe.
Main Description
This study is the most detailed treatment available of how the German countryside experienced the Early Modern eras most wrenching crisis: the Thirty Years War. Drawing on a variety of sources, it presents an intricate picture not only of the war, but of the social relations and diverse political interests that were expressed in the village before and after the war as well. It is a major contribution to recent efforts to reconceptualize the themes and chronology of Early Modern German history.
Unpaid Annotation
This study is the most detailed treatment available of how the German countryside experienced the Early Modern era's most wrenching crisis: the Thirty Years' War. Drawing on a variety of sources, it presents an intricate picture not only of the war, but of the social relations and diverse political interests that were expressed in the village before and after the war as well. It is a major contribution to recent efforts to reconceptualize the themes and chronology of Early Modern German history.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Lord, State, and Village: The Strands of Herrschaftp. 16
Inside the Village: Space and Solidarityp. 45
Households, Families, Lineagesp. 72
Wealth, Ties, Tensionp. 101
War Comes to the Villagep. 134
The Material Impact of the Warp. 165
Recovery and Reorganizationp. 193
Conclusionp. 221
Indexp. 227
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