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German People and the Reformation

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ISBN-10: 0801494850

ISBN-13: 9780801494857

Edition: 1988

Authors: R. Po-Chia Hsia

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Recent years have witnessed some dramatic changes in the kinds of questions that historians ask about the religious schisms of sixteenth-century Europe. In the past, scholars tended to treat the Reformation as a chapter in the history of ideas, emphasizing the thought of the major reformers and the changes in Christian doctrine. Today, however, more and more historians are asking how the revolution in theology affected the lives of ordinary men and women. Aware that religious faith is part of the larger cultural and material universe of early modern Europeans, these scholars have exploited hitherto neglected sources in an attempt to reconstruct the people's Reformation. The twelve essays commissioned for this collection represent the broad spectrum of recent scholarship in the social history of the German Reformation. Historians from the United States, East and West Germany, Canada, and Britain offer a panorama of differential methodological approaches and thematic concerns. The essays are centered around four themes: cities and the Reformation; the transmitting of the Reformation in print, ritual, and song; women and the family; and lastly, the impact of the Reformation on education and other aspects of lay culture. R. Po-chia Hsia's introduction provides a brief review of the field, and a bibliographical essay offers topical reading suggestions.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 5/24/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

R. Po-chia Hsia is Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University. He previously taught at Columbia, Cornell, University of Massachusetts, and New York University. He has received fellowships from the United States and Germany, and has held visiting professorships and research positions in Germany and the Netherlands. Elected in 2000 to the Academia Sinica (Taiwan), he is currently researching the history of Sino-European relations from the 16th to the 18th centuries. His books include "Society and Religion in Munster 1535-1618" (1984), "Social Discipline in the Reformation," "Central Europe 1550-1750" (1989), and "The World of Catholic Renewal 1540-1770" (1998).