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Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World: Regulating Desire, Reforming Practice [NOOK Book]

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Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World surveys the ways in which Christian ideas and institutions shaped sexual norms and conduct from the time of Luther and Columbus to that of Thomas Jefferson. It is global in scope and geographic in organization,

with chapters on Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, and North America. The volume explores such topics as marriage and divorce, fornication and ...

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Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World: Regulating Desire, Reforming Practice

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Overview

Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World surveys the ways in which Christian ideas and institutions shaped sexual norms and conduct from the time of Luther and Columbus to that of Thomas Jefferson. It is global in scope and geographic in organization,

with chapters on Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, and North America. The volume explores such topics as marriage and divorce, fornication and illegitimacy, clerical sexuality, witchcraft and love magic, homosexuality, and moral crimes. It

examines learned and popular notions of sexuality in and outside of Christian Europe, the development of institutions to enforce Christian standards, and the role of class, race, family, economy, and local traditions in shaping sexual behavior.

Merry Wiesner-Hanks sets her

findings within the context of many historical fields--the history of sexuality and the body, women's history, legal, religious and gay and lesbian history, and colonial studies--and provides readers with an introduction to key theoretical and methodological issues in each of these

areas.

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"Merry Wiesner-Hanks has offered a fully updated second edition of her groundbreaking book on Christianity and sexuality, and she carefully analyzes areas outside Europe in the colonial world... Hundreds of authors inform this study, which she concludes with several pages of her own conclusions. She stresses, for example, the centrality of sex in the formation and preservation of boundaries, an issue pertinent in the modern world as well. As she points out, norms and lived reality are still in tension today." - Donald J. Dietrich, The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms
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Meet the Author

Merry Wiesner-Hanks is a Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her most recent publications include Early Modern Europe, 1450-1750 (2006) and The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and their Worlds (2009).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter One: Christianity to 1500

Chapter Two: Protestantism in Europe

Chapter Three: Catholicism and Orthodoxy in Europe

Chapter Four: Latin America

Chapter Five: Africa and Asia

Chapter Six: North America

Chapter

Seven: Conclusions

Index

*Includes bibliographies discussing major books and articles at the end of each chapter

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