Steven Ozment's Books

Ozment offers a richly detailed history of Germany from past to present, treating the Nazi regime as one terrible chapter, not the whole story. Beginning with the Franks, Goths, and Lombards in the first century B.C., it follows a nation through times of turbulence and triumph, with a distinguished record of creativity and compassion. From the Renaissance to the modern reunification of East and West, Germans have continually embraced ideals of authority without totalitarianism, and pursued freedom and equality without liberal democracy.

Praise for A Mighty Fortress

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In an era when women were supposed to be disciplined and obedient, Anna Buschler proved to be neither. Defying 16th-century social mores, she was the frequent subject of gossip because of her flirtatious behavior. When her wealthy father discovered that she was having secret, simultaneous affairs with a young nobleman and a cavalryman, he turned her out of the house in rage, but when she sued him for financial support, he had her captured, returned home and chained to a table as punishment. Anna eventually escaped and continued her suit against her father, her siblings and her home town in a bitter legal battle that was to last 30 years and end only upon her death.

Praise for The Buergermeister's Daughter

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Ozment argues that the Reformation was a continuation of certain aspects of medieval thought as well as a revolt against others. In this award-winning book, now the standard intellectual history of the later Middle Ages, he traces with great clarity and insight the roots of the Reformation in late medieval times and discusses what happened to these philosophical and religious issues amid the social and political developments of the early 1500s.

Praise for The Age of Reform

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This book, a unique first-hand account of adolescence and young adulthood in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe, includes letters to, by, and about three boys from different generations and branches of the same Nuremberg family as they travelled across Europe and to the New World. Ozment has collected, edited, and commented on the letters to ofer a fresh, vivid picture of the personal life of youths in early modern Europe and of their paths to maturity.

Praise for Three Behaim Boys: Growing Up in Early Modern Germany

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Here is a lively study of marriage and the family during the Reformation, primarily in Germany and Switzerland, that dispels the commonly-held notion of fathers as tyrannical and families as loveless. Students of the early modern family will find an essential resource for understanding northern European marriage and child-rearing, and may be surprised to find just how loving and companionate the patriarchal family of the Reformation could be.

Praise for When Fathers Ruled: Family Life in Reformation Europe

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Rather than seeing the Reformation as the progenitor of German absolutism, Ozment sees in Protestantism the historic assertion of key western values: social reform, individual religious conviction, and hard work. In place of the remote, dusty figures of history, Ozment introduces us through pamphlets, diaries, and letters to the shoemakers and housewives, students and politicians who were among the first followers of Martin Luther.

Praise for Protestants: The Birth of a Revolution

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In a meticulously-researched study that critics agree is "masterly," "essential," "magisterial," "stimulating," and "incomparable," Ozment reveals the ways in which politics, social forces, and ideology converged to determine the fate of the early Reformation in German and Swiss cities. Ozment's brand of social history thrives on a healthy respect for the role of mind and heart in shaping political and economic events.

Praise for The Reformation in the Cities

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Rescuing the premodern family from the grim picture many historians have given us of life in early Europe, this elegant summa offers a major reassessment of a crucial aspect of European history - and tells a story of age-old domesticity inextricably linked, and surprisingly similar, to our own. Ozment, the leading historian of the family in the late Middle Ages, shows us a preindustrial family not very different form the later family of high industry that is generally viewed as the precursor to the sentimental nuclear family of today.

Praise for Ancestors: The Loving Family in Old Europe

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This moving and beguiling study of the correspondence of the Nuremberg merchant Balthasar Paugartner and his wife, Magdalena Behaim, over a sixteen-year period provides us with an insightful account of life in sixteenth-century Germany. This is a story of love, faith, and hope that illuminates the world of early modern Europe.

Praise for Magdalena and Balthasar

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