Its direct connection to the Catholic Church should qualify as Holy. Roman in tradition. A varying empire, at times simply the domains of the most powerful/a very powerful prince, at other times centrally powerful enough to be considered an empire.
Voltaire was justified in his criticism, but in considering the Holy Roman Empire's collective history, it fulfilled all criteria of being a Holy Roman Empire at certain points.
>>59951 >Vast territory It had this. >expansionism Had this too, especially gained through marriages. >territorial integrity. Had this about as ephemerally as any European empire of the time would have.
>>60066 There may have been some instability, but that does not necessarily mean that it is solely up to the emporer to fix it. He could delegate peace keeping to lower ranked people. I believe Rome did this.
>>59988 >>60000 It didn't have the first two nearly on the level of the other known empires, that is. Over the course of history it lost most of its western and southern lands, while only gaining some territory they reclaimed from Polabian Slavs in the east. Overally, it was just slightly bigger than modern day Germany most of time.
As for integrity - even by Medieval standards, it was very divided internally, especially when compared to England or France for example. And it remained in this state long after reinesscance.
>>59825 >fucks with the pope on the reg and sometimes outright invaded it >Holy >Bunch of krauts, lombards, and western slavs >Roman >loose highly decentralized confederation of petty kings >Empire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
not really no, habsburgs held banovina, some slavonia, a little bit of istra, but thats it, hungary actualy controlled these parts more than austria, and the border only retracted towards viena up untill 1690 when we finaly kicked the turks across drina
later on, in the 1700/800eds austria got around to actualy taking bosna part by part, realy small parts, the locals did more to liberate themselves on and off, and when napoleon took down venice and then lost the war, austria took those parts over too
but all that was way way later, and HRE didnt even exist anymore
>>61119 >up untill 1690 when we finaly kicked the turks across drina >later on, in the 1700/800eds austria got around to actualy taking bosna part by part, realy small parts Bosnia was a part of the Ottoman empire up until the Congress of Berlin in 1878, Drina is the river on the Bosnian-Serb border, so you're wrong on both parts
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