In the early modern period the Holy Roman Empire, or Reich, was one of the oldest and largest European states. Its importance was magnified by its location at the heart of the continent, by the extensive international connections of its leading families, and by the involvement of foreign rulers in its governance. This book breaks new ground in its collective exploration of aspects of cross-border and transnational interaction, and of political and diplomatic, social and cultural relations. There are essays on important turning-points, especially 1648 and 1806; on the patterns of rulership of the emperors themselves; on areas which lay on the margin of the Reich; on neighbouring countries which interacted with the Empire; and on visual and material culture.
Contributors are Wolfgang Burgdorf, Olivier Chaline, Heinz Duchhardt, Jeroen Duindam, Robert Evans, Sven Externbrink, Robert Frost, Lothar Höbelt, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Petr Mat'a, Nicolette Mout, Thomas Munck, Géza Pálffy, Jaroslav Pánek, Adam Perłakowski, Friedrich Polleroß, Blythe Alice Raviola. Peter Schröder, Kim Siebenhüner, Peter H. Wilson and Thomas Winkelbauer.
Memories of Paulo is a beautiful book, one that is enmeshed with humanity, humility and love, reflecting the life and work of Paulo Freire. Many of us know Freire through his writing and dissemination of ideas, which have gained currency over the past few decades in a number of circles around the world. But this book does not seek to offer a critique of Freire’s work. Rather, what distinguishes this work is that it involves a diverse collection of scholars and friends, talking and writing about what and who Freire was. We learn that he lived his life in an exceptional way, human and humane, filled with moments that have touched a range of people from all walks of life. As powerful as his message was, this book brings to light the true meaning of radical love, and it is clear that he injected love into his life-journey. Filled with stories, anecdotes and memories of Paulo, the book makes one question the meaning of education, and of life. Memories of Paulo is nothing short of an abrazo from those who loved a man who touched so many. Through this text, we learn a great deal about Paulo Freire, his life and his work, and we also learn of the profound impact that he has made on so many.