The Reformation in National Context

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This collection of essays explores the experience of religious reform in "national context." In discussing similarities and differences among the reform movements in a dozen European countries, the book considers countries in which the Reformation was strikingly successful and those where it failed to make an impact. The individual essays emphasize the local preconditions and limitations that the Reformation encountered as it spread from Germany into most of the countries of western and central Europe. Together they present a picture of the many-sided nature of the Reformation as it grew up in each "national context."

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"...[the editors have] assembled a steller, all-European group of experts, each of whom presents both a summary and an interpretation of the Reformation in the light of the latest, confession-surmounting, often socially oriented, and inevitably revisionist historiography... College and university teachers would be well advised to adopt this excellent collection as a means of providing their students with a geographically and modally broader introduction to the Reformation than is normally possible." The Catholic Historical Review

"These interpretative essay by scholars noted for their work on various national contexts are an impressively comprehensive...exercise in social history." Sixteenth Century Journal

"...the volume offers a most valuable comparison of how in different 'national' settings the impetus for reform encountered and sometimes permeated the political and social movements of the time. All university, college, and seminary libraries should have this book." Religious Studies Review

"...appropriate to students and general readers, as well as the very nature of the volume, no one who picks it up can leave it unenlightened, because no one can know much about everything including in it....The continuity of reform makes this book essential reading; its vigor and style usually make reading it a pleasure. One can fully appreciate the books many strengths and achievements, without condoning its venial omissions." Seventeenth-Century News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521409605
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Bob Scribner; 1. Germany Bob Scribner; 2. Switzerland Kaspar von Greyerz; 3. France Mark Greengrass; 4. The Low Countries Wiebe Bergsma; 5. England Patrick Collinson; 6. Scotland Julian Goodare; 7. Scandinavia Ole Peter Grell; 8. Bohemia Frantisek Kavka; 9. Hungary Katalin Peter; 10. Poland Janusz Tazbir; 11. Italy Silvana Seidel Menchi; 12. Spain Henry Kamen; 13. A comparative overview.

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