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Ducal Courts and Hanseatic Cities: Political and Historical Perspectives

Kerala J. Snyder

in The Organ as A Mirror of Its Time

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195144154
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849369 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144154.003.0003
Ducal Courts and Hanseatic Cities: Political and Historical Perspectives

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The cultural life in north Germany in the 17th century was shaped by ducal courts and Hanseatic cities. This chapter locates the cultural milieu with political and historical perspectives. The chapter also discusses problems related to the definition of these two terms. Owing to the turmoil of the Thirty Years' War, the north German duchies surrounding the Hanseatic cities were politically unstable. Numerous dynastic changes occurred, and some of the old families and cultural ties dissolved, while relationships with foreign sovereigns were consolidated. During the peace negotiations conducted between 1645 and 1649, the individual towns and cities pursued their own interests above all else.

Keywords: north Germany; ducal courts; Hanseatic cities; German duchies; Thirty Years' War

Chapter.  7873 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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