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Heart of Europe
- A History of the Holy Roman Empire
- Gesprochen von: Napoleon Ryan
- Spieldauer: 34 Std. und 3 Min.
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The Holy Roman Empire lasted 1,000 years, far longer than ancient Rome. Yet this formidable dominion never inspired the awe of its predecessor. Voltaire quipped that it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. Yet as Peter H. Wilson shows, the Holy Roman Empire tells a millennial story of Europe better than the histories of individual nation-states.
Heart of Europe traces the empire from its origins within Charlemagne's kingdom in 800 to its demise in 1806. By the mid-tenth century, its core rested in the German kingdom, and ultimately its territory stretched from France and Denmark to Italy and Poland. Yet the empire remained abstract, with no fixed capital and no common language or culture. The source of its continuity and legitimacy was the ideal of a unified Christian civilization, but this did not prevent emperors from clashing with the pope over supremacy. Though the title of Holy Roman Emperor retained prestige, rising states such as Austria and Prussia wielded power in a way the empire could not. While it gradually lost the flexibility to cope with political, economic, and social changes, the empire was far from being in crisis until the onslaught of the French revolutionary wars.
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- A customer
interesting book, weird German pronunciation
the book is great and the narrator has a good voice and delivery, but his pronunciation of German words is somewhere between disturbing and hilarious.
16 Leute fanden das hilfreich
- Amazon Customer
This audio book was worth listening (some chapters even two times), because it delivered lots of further useful information (even for a such far advanced hobby historian like me ;-)) and very useful and new points of view. As far as I can see, I would consider its content as created independently and objectively and not tendentiously. Vielen Dank, merci beaucoup! Charlemagne, Iéna, décembre 2019.
3 Leute fanden das hilfreich
Difficult to follow
The author lays a huge amount of well researched (as far as I can tell) and interessing information before the listener. But with chapter captions only running from 1 to 44 without any hints about the content I found it nearly impossible to follow the audio. The material is ordered according to topics so the narration jumps forth and back in time, making it very difficult to find something like Aridne´s thread.
And Mr. Ryan reads like a school teacher taking a dictation exercise: Very clearly pronounced and ever so boring. My recommendation: Buy a paper edition, because the book is worth reading.
2 Leute fanden das hilfreich
(Audiobook) The speaker is terrible imho. The pronunciation is very artificial. The speaker has no knowledge of German pronunciation at all, either. Which is a pity given the subject. Probably this is not a favourite because this is not a book that was written to be ported to an audiobook format. I have managed to make it to Chapter 3. The book is so far structured in a way that jumps wildly between different time periods and subjects. Definitely more of a scholarly book and not one dedicated to informing a lay reader. There is interesting material here. But it is presented more as a series of conclusions than as the result of an elaborate argument. Few anedocts and the history does not come alive so far. I am thinking of abandoning it and that is a rare ocurrence.
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