A Companion to the Reformation World / Edition 1

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This volume brings together 29 new essays by leading international scholars, to provide an inclusive overview of recent work in Reformation history.

  • Presents Catholic Renewal as a continuum of the Protestant Reformation.
  • Examines Reformation in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and the Americas.
  • Takes a broad, inclusive approach – covering both traditional topics and cutting-edge areas of debate.
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"This volume of essays can greatly help teachers and students alike read more deeply in a variety of topics in the Reformation era, pick up various lines of research, and often get a good grasp of some current lines of questioning and scholarship in the academy." Teaching Theology and Religion

"This volume offers an interesting and thought-provoking overview ... and is equally useful as a teaching aid and as a general reference work on the Reformation." Sehepunkte

“The various contributors skilfully weave past and current research into their critical accounts, always trying their best to keep their texts accessible to the general reader and the scholar alike … The editor is to be commended for his success in bringing together a cohort of such experts and for viewing the world of the Reformation from so many different angles, extending the historical range far into the late seventeenth century, which allows the reader to comprehend the long-term effects of the Reform movement.”
Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona, The Sixteenth Century Journal, The Journal of Early Modern Studies

“The quality of the essays is uniformly and consistently high … .Overall, [this book] should prove to be of considerable value.” H-Net Reviews

“Professor Po-chia Hsia, well known as the author of many books and articles on the Reformation, Counter-Reformation, and the history of anti-Semitism, assembled a team of twenty-eight scholars from Europe,
America and Asia to join him in writing contributions to this volume. The volume contains several very useful overviews of countries or areas about which relatively little has been published in English.” English Historical Review

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Meet the Author

R. Po-chia Hsia is Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University. He previously taught at Columbia, Cornell, University of Massachusetts, and New York University. He has received fellowships from the United States and Germany, and has held visiting professorships and research positions in Germany and the Netherlands. Elected in 2000 to the Academia Sinica (Taiwan), he is currently researching the history of Sino-European relations from the 16th to the 18th centuries. His books include Society and Religion in Munster 1535–1618 (1984), Social Discipline in the Reformation. Central Europe 1550–1750 (1989), and The World of Catholic Renewal 1540–1770 (1998).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.

Introduction: The Reformation and its Worlds: R. Po-chia Hsia (Pennsylvania State University).

Part I: On the Eve of the Reformation:.

1. Dissent and Heresy: Euan Cameron (Union Theological Seminary in New York City).

2. Society and Piety: Larissa Taylor (Colby College).

Part II: The Reformation in the Holy Roman Empire:.

3. Martin Luther and the German Nation: Robert Kolb (Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis).

4. The Peasants’ War: Tom Scott (University of Liverpool).

5. Radical Religiosity in the German Reformation: Hans-Jürgen Goertz (University of Hamburg, Germany).

6. The Reformation in German-Speaking Switzerland: Kaspar von Greyerz (University of Basel).

Part III: The European Reformation:.

7. Calvin and Geneva: Robert M. Kingdon (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

8. Reform in the Low Countries: Joke Spaans (University of Amsterdam).

9. The Reformation in England to 1603: Christopher Haigh (University of Oxford).

10. The Religious Wars in France: Barbara B. Diefendorf (Boston University).

11. The Italian Reformation: Massimo Firpo (University of Turin).

12. The Reformation in Bohemia and Poland: James R. Palmitessa (Western Michigan State University).

13. Old and New Faith in Hungary, Turkish Hungary, and Transylvania: István György Tóth (Central European University, Budapest).

Part IV: Catholic Renewal and Confessional Struggles:.

14. The Society of Jesus: John O’Malley (Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA).

15. Female Religious Orders: Amy E. Leonard (Georgetown University, Washington, DC).

16. The Inquisition: William Monter (Northwestern).

17. The Thirty Years’ War: Johannes Burkhardt (University of Augsburg, Germany).

18. Spain and Portugal: José Pedro Paiva (University of Coimbra).

19. Parish Communities, Civil War, and Religious Conflict in England: Dan Beaver (Pennsylvania State University).

Part V: Christian Europe and the World:.

20. Religion and Church in Early Latin America: Kevin Terraciano (University of California, Los Angeles).

21. Compromise: India: Ines G. Županov (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris).

22. Promise: China: R. Po-chia Hsia (Pennsylvania State University).

23. A Mission Interrupted: Japan: Michael Cooper (retired, formerly of Sophia University, Tokyo).

Part VI: Structures of the Reformation World:.

24. The New Parish: Bruce Gordon (University of St Andrews).

25. Making Peace: Olivier Christin (University of Lyon-2).

26. Magic and Witchcraft: James A. Sharpe (University of York).

27. Martyrs and Saints: Brad S. Gregory (Stanford University).

28. Jews in a Divided Christendom: Miriam Bodiam (Pennsylvania State University).

29. Co-existence, Conflict, and the Practice of Toleration: Benjamin J. Kaplan (University College London).



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