Debate over the usefulness of the confessionalization paradigm for understanding how Europeans responded to religious differences resulting from the Reformation has obscured people's experiences during the early years of reform. Based on interrogations recorded in Augsburg, Germany, in the first half of the sixteenth century, the compelling portraits of individual believers presented in this book provide a rare insight into the lives of ordinary people during one of the most controversial periods in religious history. Speaking about their faith and encounters with others in their own words, they rephrase the debate in terms of contemporary experiences. The resulting study challenges previous assumptions about the importance of belief in constructing religious identities and reveals the potential for accommodation amidst conflict.
Religious Identity in an Early Reformation Community
Jason P. Coy
This book examines the role of banishment, a prevalent form of punishment largely neglected by scholars, in sixteenth-century Ulm, using the town’s experience to uncover how early modern magistrates used expulsion to regulate and reorder society.
Edited by Karin Friedrich, University of Aberdeen and Barbara M. Pendzich
This work is an attempt to change thinking not only on the political practice and the role of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in a European context (both East and West), but to also connect the early modern past with present notions of citizenship and participatory political systems.
Molly Wilkinson Johnson
Drawing on archival, published, and oral history sources, this book analyzes the successes and limitations encountered by the East German state as it used participatory sports programs, sports festivals, and sports spectatorship to transform its population into new socialist citizens.
Anthony J. Steinhoff
Drawing on extensive archival research, this study of Protestantism in Strasbourg (1870–1914) rethinks traditional understandings of the relationship between religion and European urban modernity. Not only did the city's faith communities exploit modern means to promote the faith, but they also ...
Edited by Randolph C. Head, University of California, Riverside and Daniel Christensen, Biola University
Interdisciplinary essays on early modern Germany that address orthodoxy and its challenges in religion, politics, and the arts. Confronting the transformation of normative canons after the Reformation, the essays investigate authority and knowledge in an era of shifting cultural foundations.
Jose Raymund Canoy
This book examines the complex and paradoxical relationship between authoritarian policing and the social and economic modernization of postwar Germany’s largest and most historically “authentic” state, as Bavaria joined the rest of the Federal Republic in a passage from postwar crisis to ...
This book is a social history of musical life in Berlin; it investigates the tangled relationship between music and politics in 20th-century Germany, emphasizing the division of Berlin’s musical community between east and west in the early Cold War era.
This book examines a number of sensational trials involving anti-Semitism in early Imperial Germany. Press coverage of these court cases helped to spur public debates about the nature of Judaism and the role and influence of Jews in German society.
Thomas Max Safley
This volume provides fascinating new insights into the agency of the laboring poor in early modern Europe. Based on more than 5,000 biographical accounts of orphans in the city of Augsburg, it explores their responses to changing social and economic circumstances and their utilization of social ...
Edited by Dean Phillip Bell and Stephen G. Burnett
This volume brings together important research on the reception and representation of Jews and Judaism in late medieval German thought, the works of major Reformation-era theologians, scholars, and movements, and in popular literature and the visual arts. It also explores social, intellectual, ...
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