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Map of the Empire of Germany, including all the States comprehended under that Name with the Kingdom of Prussia, & c.

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Article ID EUD3629
Artist Delarochete
Title Map of the Empire of Germany, including all the States comprehended under that Name with the Kingdom of Prussia, & c.
Year ca. 1759
Description Decorative and largely map of Germany witht he kingdom of Prussia, deteiled representation of rivers, mountains and cities. A decorative allegorical cartouche showing the German coat of arms, a black eagle with red feet, beak and tongue on a golden field.The German Empire of 1871–1918 had re-introduced the medieval coat of arms of the Holy Roman Emperors, in use during the 13th and 14th centuries (a black single-headed eagle on a golden background), before the emperors adopted the double-headed eagle, beginning with Sigismund of Luxemburg in 1433. The single-headed Prussian Eagle (on a white background, Argent, an eagle displayed sable) was used as an escutcheon to represent the Prussian Kings as dynasts of the German Empire.
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.
Place of Publication London
Dimensions (cm)101,5 x 120
ConditionPrinted on 4 sheets joined together, folds partly restored
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueCopper print

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