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Calvinism and Religious Toleration in the Dutch Golden Age - R. Po-chia Hsia

Calvinism and Religious Toleration in the Dutch Golden Age

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Published: 16th December 2010
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Dutch society has enjoyed a reputation, or notoriety, for permissiveness from the sixteenth century to present times. The Dutch Republic in the Golden Age was the only society that tolerated religious dissenters of all persuasions in early modern Europe, despite being committed to a strictly Calvinist public Church. Professors R. Po-chia Hsia and Henk van Nierop have brought together a group of leading historians from the US, the UK and the Netherlands to probe the history and myth of this Dutch tradition of religious tolerance. This 2002 collection of outstanding essays reconsiders and revises contemporary views of Dutch tolerance. Taken as a whole, the volume's innovative scholarship offers unexpected insights into this important topic in religious and cultural history.

Review of the hardback: '... delivers more than its title promises in that several of the essays are focused not on the Dutch Golden Age but on the 18th century, which makes a welcome change. In breaking new ground where the same old sods keep being turned over, the editors and contributors are to be congratulated on a truly impressive achievement.' Huguenot Society Proceedings
Review of the hardback: '... provides much more than a series of detailed case studies ... it makes an important contribution to the literature on religious toleration during the early modern period.' Sixteenth Century Journal
"Together these essays present a very valuable discussion of the practice of religious toleration set in the social and religious context of the Dutch Republic and confronted with the often very divergent principles of tolerance and intolerance." Renaissance Quarterly
"Dutch society was an interesting amalgam of intense religious passion combined with a willingness to endure other faiths, and these essays provide useful perspectives on a fasinating topic. Recommended for all academic libraries." Catholic Library World
"These essays provide useful perspectives on a fascinating topic. Recommended for all academic libraries." Choice
"The strength of this collection is that it provides much more than a series of detailed case studies. The synthesis provided by the earlier essays in the volume provides the broad context against which the experiences of different religious communities can be understood. It makes an important contribution to the literature on religious toleration during the early modern period." Sixteenth Century Journal Andrew Spicer, Oxford Brookes University

Introduction
'Dutch' religious tolerance: celebration and revision cBenjamin J. Kaplan
Religious tolerance in the United Provinces: from 'case' to 'model'
The bond of Christian piety: the individual practice of tolerance in Golden Age
Religious policies in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic
Paying off the sheriff: strategies of Catholic toleration in Golden Age
Sewing the bailiff in a blanket: Catholics and the law in Holland
Anabaptism and tolerance: possibilities and limitations
Jews and religious toleration in the Dutch Republic
Religious toleration and radical philosophy in the later Dutch Golden Age
The politics of intolerance: citizenship and religion in the Dutch Republic (17th-18th centuries)
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ISBN: 9780521173193
ISBN-10: 0521173191
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 16th December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.31