Princely State-Making and the "Crisis of the Aristocracy" in Late Medieval Germany

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Abstract

A view of the economic dependence of nobles on princes, due to an agrarian crisis, has become entrenched in the modern historiography of late medieval Germany. The historian must, however, guard against recognizing prematurely the princely 'absolutist' state which was in the process of emerging.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-63
Number of pages27
JournalPast and Present
Volume153
StatePublished - 1996

Keywords

  • Aristocracy ; Arts & Humanities ; Creditors ; Debt ; Feuds ; Fiefs ; Governors ; History ; Nobility ; Peasant class ; Princes ; Territories

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