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What was the impact of the Peace of Westphalia on Germany and the Holy Roman Empire?



Asked by Hammet, Last updated: Feb 21, 2019

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J. Emmerich

J. EmmerichWeb Content Writer, New York City
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Answered on Feb 21, 2019

The peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years War. There was a final sentence passed to all Germans to determine their own religion because individual religion was not allowed and this brought about territorial gains to Sweden and France.

The impact of Peace of Westphalia was broad and long as it predicts the future of Germany and other territorials of the Holy Roman Empire.

The religion passed was the Catholic and Lutheranism where each leader will choose the religion he wants his people to practice. If a leader of a region choses Lutheranism over catholic, then everyone in that region must practice Lutheranism and vice versa in the case of catholic regions.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Sep 08, 2016

The two treaties of munster and osnabruck, commonly known as the peace of westphalia, was the culminating element for the holy roman empire in the thirty years war. it established a final religious settlement and provided for new political boundaries for the german states of central europe. the impact of the peace of westphalia was broad and long-standing, as it dictated the future of germany and ex-territories of the holy roman empire for some time to come.the peace of westphalia put down the counter reformation in germany and instituted the final religious arrangement the german states had been crying for. it renewed the terms of the peace of augsburg, namely that each state of the empire received the liberty to be either lutheran or catholic as it chose; no individual freedom of religion was permitted. if a ruler or a free city decided for lutheranism, then all persons had to be lutheran. similarly in catholic states all had to be catholic. in addition to re-instituting the peace of augsburg in its traditional form, the peace of westphalia included calvinism to lutheranis
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