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General Karte von Deutschland und der Schweitz. Nro. 92.

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Article ID EUD3719
Artist Büsching (1724-1793)
Anton Friedrich Büsching was a German geographer, historian, educator and theologian. His Erdbeschreibung ("Earth description") was the first geographical work of any scientific merit. His magnum opus is the Erdebeschreibung, in seven parts, of which the first four, covering Europe, were published in 1754–1761, and were translated into several languages.
Title General Karte von Deutschland und der Schweitz. Nro. 92.
Year ca. 1755
Description Map shows total Germany with Bohemia, Silesia, Swizzerland, Netherlands and Austria etc., with a decorative title cartouche.
The concept of Germany as a distinct region in central Europe can be traced to Roman commander Julius Caesar, who referred to the unconquered area east of the Rhine as Germania, thus distinguishing it from Gaul (France), which he had conquered. In the High Middle Ages, the regional dukes, princes and bishops gained power at the expense of the emperors. Martin Luther led the Protestant Reformationagainst the Catholic Church after 1517, as the northern states became Protestant, while the southern states remained Catholic. The two parts of the Holy Roman Empire clashed in the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648). 1648 marked the effective end of the Holy Roman Empire and the beginning of the modern nation-state system, with Germany divided into numerous independent states, such as Prussia, Bavaria and Saxony.
Dimensions (cm)24,5 x 27
ConditionPerfect condition
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueCopper print

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