The shaping of German identity : authority and crisis, 1245-1414 / Len Scales.

Scales, Len, 1961-
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
xvi, 619 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
National characteristics, German -- History -- To 1500.
Nationalism -- Germany -- History -- To 1500.
Political culture -- Germany -- History -- To 1500.
Monarchy -- Germany -- History -- To 1500.
Crises -- Germany -- History -- To 1500.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1273-1517.
Germany -- History -- 1273-1517.
Germany -- Relations -- Holy Roman Empire.
Holy Roman Empire -- Relations -- Germany.
"German identity began to take shape in the late Middle Ages during a period of political weakness and fragmentation for the Holy Roman Empire, the monarchy under which most Germans lived. Between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, the idea that there existed a single German people, with its own lands, language and character, became increasingly widespread, as was expressed in written works of the period. This book - the first on its subject in any language - poses a challenge to some dominant assumptions of current historical scholarship: that early European nation-making inevitably took place within the developing structures of the institutional state; and that, in the absence of such structural growth, the idea of a German nation was uniquely, radically and fatally retarded. In recounting the formation of German identity in the late Middle Ages, this book offers an important new perspective both on German history and on European nation-making"-- Provided by publisher.
Introduction: German questions
Modern history : inventing the medieval German nation
Ruled out : monarchy, government and 'state' in Germany
Realm of imagination : communicating power after the Hohenstaufen
Shades of a kingdom : in search of a German political community
The matter of Rome : universalising political identities
Roman empire, German nation : the German imperial tradition
Trojans, Giants and other Germans : peoplehoods forgotten, remembered and relocated
Rome's Barbarians : accounting for the Germans
East : applying identities
Being German (I) : place and name
Being German (II) : language and locality
Conclusion: Endings and beginnings.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
9780521573337 (hardback)
0521573335 (hardback)
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