Christianity and Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1830

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Overview

Christianity and revolutionary Europe, 1750-1830 provides a comprehensive and accessible summary of the role of the Churches during this turbulent period in European history. How did the Churches survive the political and intellectual challenges posed by the French Revolution, despite institutional upheaval and the widespread questioning of dogma and tradition? Nigel Aston answers this question by drawing on three decades of research, and argues that pre-revolutionary Christianity had a vitality and resilience that should not be underestimated. Aston takes the story forward to 1830, dealing with both the immediate aftermath of the Revolution and its longer-term impact, and offering comprehensive guidance to the complicated strands of change and continuity. The text is supported by illuminating illustrations, and a glossary of unfamiliar terms gives further help to the student reader. It will be of key interest to all those following courses on religious history and the French Revolution.
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"The best overall survey of its large and important subject." The International History Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521465922
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: New Approaches to European History Series , #25
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Aston is a Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Leicester. His most recent book is Religion and Revolution in France, 1780–1804 (2000).
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Date list
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Later eighteenth-century religion
1 Church structures and ministry 9
2 Beliefs, society and worship: the expression of Christianity in Europe, c. 1750-1790 49
3 Intellectual challenges and the religious response 93
4 Church and state 134
Pt. 2 Revolution and its aftermath
5 Revolutions and the Churches: the initial impact 175
6 The impact of the Revolution on religious life and practice, c. 1793-1802 211
7 Religion in Napoleonic Europe, 1802-1815 258
8 Religious revival after 1815? 297
Glossary 334
Bibliographical suggestions 338
Index 349
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