Crossing the Boundaries of Belief: Geographies of Religious Conversion in Southern Germany, 1648-1800 - Studies in Early Modern German History (Hardback)Duane J. Corpis (author)
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In Crossing the Boundaries of Belief, Corpis assesses how conversion destabilized the rigid political, social, and cultural boundaries that separated one Christian faith from another and that normally tied individuals to their local communities of belief. Those who changed their faiths directly challenged the efforts of ecclesiastical and secular authorities to use religious orthodoxy as a tool of social discipline and control. In its examination of religious conversion, this study thus offers a unique opportunity to explore how women and men questioned and redefined their relationships to local institutions of power and authority, including the parish clergy, the city government, and the family.
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 581 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
Based solidly on original sources from South German archives, Duane Corpis's study is an important and original contribution to the scholarship on post-Reformation Germany. Lucidly argued and convincing, this book does an excellent job of historicizing the whole concept of conversion. No other work on early modern Germany examines the phenomenon of conversion in such an insightful and nuanced way.--James Van Horn Melton, Emory University, author of The Rise of the Public in Enlightenment Europe
Crossing the Boundaries of Belief is an original and deep work of scholarship, based on extensive archival research and mature reflections. It shows a masterly command of the scholarship on early modern German history and covers a broad span, offering the reader a fine analysis of religious conversion and its meaning in the Holy Roman Empire between the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 and the dissolution of the Empire.--Ronnie Hsia, Penn State, author of The World of Catholic Renewal, 1540-1770
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