Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. A. Stanley Trickett


Slowly the magnifying glass moves over the map of Germany Oh, not the solid-color map of post-Bismarckian Germany, nor yet the dissected, parsed chart of occupation zones that followed World War II, but rather the ancient, crazy quilt map of Germany before the Second Reich. Somewhere just a little to the north and west of Bohemia, it pauses, and there, nestled among the many other tiny, insignificant principalities and duchies is the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Coburg. How small it seems, how unimportant, how easily passed over without notice--and yet it was the seedbed of kings... Yet, after a study of the rise of power of this remarkable family, one might be inclined to say that all Coburgs were not born kings, they did not enter this world with crowns on their heads, rather they found crowns, almost in the way peasants were once said to find babies in cabbage patches.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1971 Terrence Shellard

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