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Protestant Majorities and Minorities in Early Modern Europe


Protestant Majorities and Minorities in Early Modern Europe

Confessional Boundaries and Contested Identities
Refo500 Academic Studies (R5AS) 1. Auflage 2019

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The contributors to this volume examine the complex and dynamic role that Protestant majorities and minorities played in shaping the Reformations of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In doing so, it offers an important perspective on the range of intellectual, social, economic, political, theological and ecclesiological factors that governed intra- and inter-confessional encounter in the early modern period. While the principal focus is on the situation of different Protestant majority and minority groups, many of the contributions also engage the relation of Protestants and Catholics, with a number also considering early modern Christian dialogue with Muslims and Jews.The volume is organised into five sections, which together provide a comprehensive picture of Protestant majorities and minorities. The first section explores intellectual trajectories, especially those which promoted confessional unity or sought to break down confessional boundaries. The second section, taking the neglected Spanish Reformation as an important case-study, examines the clandestine aspect of minority activities and the efforts of majorities to control and suppress them. The third section pursues a similar theme but examines it through the lens of Flemish and Walloon Reformed refugee communities in Germany and the Netherlands, demonstrating the way in which confessional factors could lead to the integration or exclusion of minorities. The fourth section examines marginal or peripheral Reformations, whether geographically or doctrinally understood, focussing on attempts to implement reform in the shadow of the Ottoman Empire. Finally, the fifth section looks at confessional identity and otherness as a principal theme of majority and minority relations, providing both theoretical and practical frameworks for its evaluation.
Illuminating the situation of different early modern Protestant majorities and minorities
Covering an impressive geographical and confessional range, and embracing a wide variety of approaches and methodologies, this volume seeks to illuminate the situation of different early modern Protestant majorities and minorities, who played a complex and dynamic role in shaping the Reformations of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the important ways in which they contributed to societal cohesion and division. In doing so it offers a multi-faceted account of Protestant confession-building as it took place on the ground, often in hostile contexts and against considerable odds.
Reformation Historians, Church Historians, Intellectual Historians, Social and Economic Historians, Historical Theologians, Ecclesiologists.