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New Studies in European History Converting Bohemia: Force and Persuasion in the Catholic Reformation

by Howard Louthan

New Studies in European History Converting Bohemia: Force and Persuasion in the Catholic Reformation Synopsis

Prior to the Thirty Years War, almost all of Bohemia's population lay outside the Catholic fold, yet by the beginning of the eighteenth century the kingdom was clearly under Rome's influence. Few regions in Europe's history have ever experienced such a complete religious transformation; because of this, Bohemia offers a unique window for examining the Counter-Reformation and the nature of early modern Catholicism. Converting Bohemia presents a full assessment of the Catholic Church's re-establishment in the Czech lands, arguing that this complex phenomenon was less a product of violence and force than of negotiation and persuasion. Ranging from art, architecture and literature to music, philosophy and hagiography, Howard Louthan's study reintegrates the region into the broader European world where it played such a prominent role in the early modern period. It will be of particular interest to scholars of early modern European history, religion, and Reformation studies.

New Studies in European History Converting Bohemia: Force and Persuasion in the Catholic Reformation Press Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'Any scholar of the Reformation, or of early modern Europe in general, should read this book, not only out of obligation to know something about what transpired in this small kingdom in the heart of Europe, but to better understand European history as a whole.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History ' ... [the author's] monograph gives important issues a welcome airing, provides a distinctive viewpoint on some well-known events, and adds new detail to our knowledge of this century of transition.' The Journal of Austrian History Yearbook 'the breadth of vision behind this book will ensure its enduring significance among those interested in the history of Bohemia, in early modern Catholicism, and in the history of mission.' The Journal of Church History This well-researched, beautifully written, and flawlessly argued book greatly enhances understanding of 17th-century Bohemia's conversion from a hotbed of religious unrest to a bastion of Catholicism. Essential. -Choice ...this volume makes an impressive and powerful contribution to both confessional history in Reformation and post-Reformation Europe and to Czech history. Both fields will not be studied and written about in the same way as a result of this book. -Renaissance Quarterly, Paul W. Knoll

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521889292
Publication date: 12th February 2009
Author: Howard Louthan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages

About Howard Louthan

Howard Louthan is Associate Professor in the History Department, University of Florida. He is the author of The Quest for Compromise: Peacemakers in Counter-Reformation Vienna (1997).

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