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Social Control And Social Justice Under Maximilian I Of Bavaria (R. 1598–1651)

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Maximilian I of Bavaria was a complex figure. He ruled his territory for over half a century and attempted to provide guidance to his subjects during an unusually tumultuous time, the entire Thirty Years' War (1618-1648)! Among his contemporary peers he was the most successful in consolidating princely power. Scholars have noted his political and dynastic ambitions, his extensive program of social and religious disciplining, and his deep religiosity. Much less attention has been paid to Maximilian's profound concern for social justice and fairness. This chapter examines closely Maximilian's program for social control, his underlying concerns, the means by which he tried to implement his plan, the areas that became particular targets of his scrutiny, the problems he encountered, and the place of social justice in his overall agenda of reform.

Keywords: Bavaria; Maximilian I; social control; social justice



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