Politics and Piety: The Protestant Awakening in Prussia, 1816-1856

Politics and Piety: The Protestant Awakening in Prussia, 1816-1856

by David L. Ellis


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004308084
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/20/2017
Series: Studies in the History of Christian Traditions , #186
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 0.63(w) x 0.94(h) x (d)

About the Author

David L. Ellis, Ph.D. (2002), University of Chicago, is Professor of History at Augustana College. He serves on the Board of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era and presents here a monograph on neo-Pietist revival in Prussia, 1816-1856.

Table of Contents

Common Characteristics of the Transatlantic Awakening
Variations of the German Awakening
Circumspection and Methodological Choices
Agony and Ecstasy in Prussia’s Heartland
Tying Together Politics and Religion
Chapter Outline

Chapter One: Revival, Quietism, and Change
The Stirring of Revival among Elites in Berlin
Habitus and Social Reproduction
Placing the Awakening in the Context of Prussia’s Sociopolitical Order and Church Affairs
Conventicles in Action in Brandenburg and Pomerania
The Reform of Conventicle Policies

Chapter Two: Sects and Violence: The Politicization of the Awakening
Awakened Journalism
The 1830 Revolution and the “Denunciation of Halle”
The Berliner Politisches Wochenblatt and the Cologne Controversy

Chapter Three: The Failure of Reform
The Failure of Reform in Church Governance and Politics before 1848
Bethmann-Hollweg and the Burgfrieden
The Stillborn United Diet

Chapter Four: Opposition to Revolution as Cultural Warfare
Locating the Prussian Revolution in German and Transnational Contexts
Initial Awakened Responses to the Revolution
The Use and Abuse of Culture
Premodern and Modern Responses of the Awakened by July 1848
The Camarilla
The Octroyed Constitution of 1848

Chapter Five: Church Renewal
The Wittenberg Church Congress of 1848 and the Foundation of the Internal Mission
Selected Constitutional Changes in the Role of the Church(es)

Chapter Six: The Debilitating Successes of Ständisch Structural Changes
The Gemeindeordnung Controversy
Organizing the First Chamber, Part I (1848 and 1850)
From the Erfurt Union to the Olmütz Agreement
The Provincial Estates and the Foundation of the Preußische Wochenblatt
Foundational Principles of the Wochenblatt
Revising the First Chamber, Part II

Chapter Seven: The Rhetorical War over the Crimean War
I. Framing the Crimean War
II. Realism and Idealism in 19th -Century Prussia?
III. Keeping the Dogs of War Leashed
IV. The Centrality and Fragility of the Holy Alliance


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