The Survival of the Hessian Nobility, 1770-1870 - Princeton Legacy Library 890 by Gregory W. Pedlow
Here is a vastly and extensively documented study of a little studied social group - the German nobility outside Prussia. Gregory Bdlo is the small but representative Hesse-Kassel state from…
The Survival of the Hessian Nobility, 1770 1870 synopsis
Here is a vastly and extensively documented study of a little studied social group - the German nobility outside Prussia. Gregory Bdlo is the small but representative Hesse-Kassel state from the end of the old regime to the age of German unification.
Although this period has often been described as "the triumph of the bourgeoisie," the author has shown that the landowners have managed to maintain much of their political, social and economic status during these years. By showing a mixture of conservatism and flexibility rather than blind reaction, the Hassidic nobles maintained their status as a descending elite.
The author focuses on four main areas: the noble family, with materials showing changes in marriage patterns and family size and the impact of these demographic changes on inheritance practices. Noble land ownership, with documents on how the noble land ownership and income grew its income from the loss of traditional noble privileges and payments by peasants.
Noble professions, with information (including the collective biography) show the education of nobles, professional choices, the degree of success in obtaining positions in government service; and the response of political nobles to increased pressure for reform during the nineteenth century. Originally published in 1988.
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