Europe in the early and mid 18th century was marking time, trying to catch its breath after the bloody excesses of the previous century. Religious conflicts had almost wiped out the population of Germany and had split it politically. While larger nation-states were forming elsewhere, the middle of the continent was still a collection of independent kingdoms, dukedoms, principalities and cities that were organized into what they called the Holy Roman Empire of the German
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