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Studies in Comparative Early Modern History : Religion and the Early Modern State: Views from China, Russia, and the West - James D. Tracy

Studies in Comparative Early Modern History

Religion and the Early Modern State: Views from China, Russia, and the West

By: James D. Tracy (Editor), Marguerite Ragnow (Editor)

Paperback Published: 16th December 2010
ISBN: 9780521172653
Number Of Pages: 436

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How did state power impinge on the religion of the ordinary person? This perennial issue has been sharpened as historians uncover the process of 'confessionalization' or 'acculturation', by which officials of state and Church collaborated in ambitious programs of Protestant or Catholic reform, intended to change the religious consciousness and the behaviour of ordinary men and women. In the belief that specialists in one area of the globe can learn from the questions posed by colleagues working in the same period in other regions, this 2005 volume sets the topic in a wider framework. Thirteen essays, grouped in themes affording parallel views of England and Europe, Tsarist Russia, and Ming China, show a spectrum of possibilities for what early modern governments tried to achieve by regulating religious life, and for how religious communities evolved in new directions, either in keeping with or in spite of official injunctions.

Review of the hardback: '... a very courageous book.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"each of these articles is a valuable contribution to the scholarship of early modern religious history." Slavic and East European Journal Francis McLellan, Princeton University
"The offering of contrasting yet parallel views of the interaction of religion with public authority should be richly suggestive of new lines of interpretation and inquiry to specialists accustomed to working in one or another of the global areas addressed. Many instructive interconnections and comparisons between and among these worlds are embedded in this collection and are waiting to be teased into view by the attentive reader. The standard of scholarship and presentation throughout is impressive." Renaissance Quarterly Torrance Kirby, McGill University

Preface
Introduction
Lived Religion and Official Religion
The alternative moral universe of religious dissenter in Ming-Qing China
Ecclesiastical elites and popular belief and practice in seventeenth-century Russia
The state, the churches, sociability, and folk belief in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic
Communal ritual, concealed beliefs: layers of response to the regulation of ritual in Reformation England
Forms of Religious Identity
Spirits of the Penumbra: deities worshipped in more than one Chinese Pantheon
Orthodoxy and revolt: the role of religion in the seventeenth-century Ukrainian Uprising against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
The Huguenot minority in early modern France
State religion and Puritan resistance in early seventeenth-century England
The Social Articulation of Belief
False miracles and unattested dead bodies: investigations into popular cults in Early Modern Russia
Liturgical rites: the medium, the message, the messenger, and misunderstanding
Self correction and social change in the Spanish Counter-Reformation
The disenchantment of space: Salle church and the Reformation Eamon Duffy
An Epilogue at the Parish Level
Popular religion and the reformation in England: a view from Cornwall
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ISBN: 9780521172653
ISBN-10: 0521172659
Series: Studies in Comparative Early Modern History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 436
Published: 16th December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.64