German history in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is notoriously inaccessible to non-specialists. When other European countries were well on the way to becoming nation states, Germany remained frozen as a territorially-fragmented, politically and religiously-divided society. The achievement of this major contribution to the new History of Germany is to do justice to the variety and multiplicity of the period without foundering under the wealth of information it conveys.

chapter 1|15 pages

Germany in 1600: The Land and the People

chapter 2|12 pages

Drifts and Eddies Towards War

chapter 3|12 pages

The Nightmare Begins: The Bohemian War

chapter 4|13 pages

Habsburg Triumphs, Protestant Defeats

chapter 6|14 pages

Eternal War as Lifestyle

chapter 7|13 pages

Peace at Last

chapter 12|25 pages

The Structure of German Society, 1650-1800

chapter 15|18 pages

The Early Enlightenment to 1750

chapter 17|19 pages

Germany in the Maelstrom of War, 1685-1721

chapter 18|22 pages

Austria and the Larger German States to 1740

chapter 20|18 pages

The Austro-Prussian Dualism, 1740–1763

chapter 23|21 pages

The Later German Enlightenment

chapter 24|11 pages

The Revival of German Letters after 1740