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GER100 Lecture Notes - Otto Von Bismarck, Papal Coronation, German Confederation


Department
German
Course Code
GER100
Professor
Paul Malone

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17 September 2012
E- and U-Kultur
E-Kultur= Elitekultur/ernste Kultur (elite/serious culture, “high culture”)
U-kultur= Unterhaltungs-kultur (entertainment culture, “mass culture”) culture that just passes
the time is bad
Why do we talk more about Germany more than Austria and Switzerland?
Common standard language and literature
More scholarship on German history and culture
More studies done in German society and demographics
…particularly in English, not that many
Population is also a factor which is estimated to be (July 2012):
o Germany = 81,305,856
o Austria = 8,219,743
o Switzerland = 5,151,586
Canada is to USA, as Austria is to Germany
Charlemagne’s Empire
Charles the Great, Circa 800
o Approx. 1 ½ Snookis (7 feet tall)
The Empire Divided in 850 AD
900 AD the princes of the previous empires were under pressure by the Vikings and Mohács.
And so declared a major ruler in order to fight against, thus the empire was reborn. Was
also known as the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.
The empire was not a cohesive process; in times of war, the Germans wanted an emperor,
but in times of peace (which were most of the time) they wanted them gone.
There were uncertain times when people didn’t know who take orders from: the emperor or
the pope?
Albrecht II came from a family (the Habsburgs) known for obtaining land from strategic
marriages.
After the death of his paternal grandfather in 1519, he inherited the Habsburg Monarchy.
With the help of the wealthy Fugger family, Charles was elected Emperor through a
combination of threats and bribes to the electors.
He defeated the candidacies of Frederick III, Francis I of France, and Henry VIII of England.
The unanimous decision of the electors gave Charles the crown on 28 June 1519.
In 1530, he was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Clement VII in Bologna, the last
Emperor to receive a papal coronation.
Despite holding the imperial throne, Charles' real authority was limited by the German
princes. They gained a strong foothold in the Empire's territories, and Charles was
determined not to let this happen in the Netherlands.
An inquisition was established as early as 1522. In 1550, the death penalty was introduced
for all cases of unrepentant heresy.
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