What We Are Reading Today: The Holy Roman Empire by Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

Updated 06 October 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: The Holy Roman Empire by Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

  • New book provides a concise history of the Holy Roman Empire, presenting an entirely new interpretation of the empire’s political culture and remarkably durable institutions

The Holy Roman Empire emerged in the Middle Ages as a loosely integrated union of German states and city-states under the supreme rule of an emperor.

Around 1500, it took on a more formal structure with the establishment of powerful institutions — such as the Reichstag and Imperial Chamber Court—that would endure more or less intact until the empire’s dissolution by Napoleon in 1806.

Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger provides a concise history of the Holy Roman Empire, presenting an entirely new interpretation of the empire’s political culture and remarkably durable institutions, says a review on the Princeton University Press website.

Rather than comparing the empire to modern states or associations like the EU, Stollberg-Rilinger shows how it was a political body unlike any other — it had no standing army, no clear boundaries, no general taxation or bureaucracy.

She describes a heterogeneous association based on tradition and shared purpose, bound together by personal loyalty and reciprocity.


‘Get ready,’ Dammam: Pitbull promises fans that he’ll see them in Saudi Arabia on Friday

Updated 22 March 2019
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‘Get ready,’ Dammam: Pitbull promises fans that he’ll see them in Saudi Arabia on Friday

  • The rapper was delayed temporarily in Iceland
  • Pitbull’s concert has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon

DAMMAM: American superstar rapper Pitbull apologized to Saudi fans for his rescheduled performance at Asharqiah Music Festival on Thursday with a video message on Friday morning, promising them that he would make it up to them on Friday afternoon.

The rapper was delayed temporarily in Iceland, causing him to miss his previously scheduled concert on Thursday night as part of the Sharqiah Season music festival.

In a video posted on Twitter, Pitbull held a hand over his heart as he explained the situation to fans. “I just wanna say, first of all, we apologize to Saudi Arabia. We got in a little jam here in Iceland, but Saudi Arabia, get ready, 'cause we’re coming to perform today at 4 p.m., special performance at Dammam. So make sure you keep your tickets, and get ready to have a great time. With that said once again, we appreciate the love. See y’all soon!”

In his stead, DJ Tiesto performed at the concert on Thursday night, followed by the scheduled performance by Canadian DJ Deadmau5. The performance, which ended at nearly 1 a.m., saw flocks of fans congregate at Dammam’s Life Park to enjoy the music.

Pitbull’s concert has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon instead, which will then be followed by the regularly scheduled performances of American rapper Akon, Moroccan-American rapper French Montana and Egyptian singer Amr Diab.

The festival also features food trucks, an entertainment area and  merchandise stalls.

The Asharqiah Music Festival is one of 83 events planned throughout the Eastern Province for the Sharqiah Season, which runs from March 14 to 30.