The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Rise of the State in Early Modern Europe / Edition 1

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Overview


What explains the rapid growth of state power in early modern Europe? While most scholars have pointed to the impact of military or capitalist revolutions, Philip S. Gorski argues instead for the importance of a disciplinary revolution unleashed by the Reformation. By refining and diffusing a variety of disciplinary techniques and strategies, such as communal surveillance, control through incarceration, and bureaucratic office-holding, Calvin and his followers created an infrastructure of religious governance and social control that served as a model for the rest of Europe—and the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226304847
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 950,099
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Philip S. Gorski is an associate professor of sociology and director of the Max and Marianne Weber Center for Comparative Social Analysis at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is coauthor of The German Left: Red, Green, and Beyond.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Body and Soul: Calvinism, Discipline, and State Power in Early Modern Europe 1
2 Disciplinary Revolution from Below in the Low Countries 39
3 Disciplinary Revolution from Above in Brandenburg-Prussia 79
4 Social Disciplining in Comparative Perspective 114
Conclusion 157
Notes 173
Bibliography 209
Index 237
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