Germania Illustrata: Essays on Early Modern Germany Presented to Gerald Strauss

Andrew C. Fix & Susan C. Karant-Nunn, eds.

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The essays offer interesting and helpful perspectives from senior scholars on the intersection of social and political developments with ecclesiastical and ideological concerns in the early modern period. (SCE&S 18)

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Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 18

This book, honoring Gerald Strauss, one of the foremost historians of early modern Germany, is divided into three parts: Intellectual Life, Society, and Politics. The essays offer interesting and helpful perspectives from senior scholars on the intersection of social and political developments with ecclesiastical and ideological concerns in the early modern period. There are thirteen essays in all.

Contents

Intellectual Life

The Antichrist in the Early German Reformation: Reflections on Theology and Propaganda
Hans J. Hillerbrand
Discovery of Hebrew ad Discrimination against the Jews: The Veritas Hebraica as Double-Edged Sword in Renaissance and Reformation
Heiko A. Oberman
Radical Religion and the Age of Reason
Andrew C. Fix

Society

Haug Marschalck: Lay Supporter of the Reform
Miriam Usher Christman
First Impressions in the Strasbourg Press
Mark U. Edwards Jr.
Alternatives to the Lutheran Reformation and the Rise of Lutheran Identity
Heinz Schilling
Kinder, Küche, Kirche: Social Ideology in the Sermons of Johannes Mathesius
Susan Karant-Nunn
Success and Failure of the Reformation: Popular “Apologies” from the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Hans-Christoph Rublack

Politics

Between State and Community: Religious and Ethnic Minorities in Early Modern Germany
R. Po-chia Hsia
Ideology Meets the Empire: Reformed Convents and the Reformation
Merry E. Wiesner
Some Peculiarities of German Histories in the Early Modern Era
Thomas A. Brady Jr.
Curious Georgics: The German Nobility and Their Crisis of Legitimacy in the Late Sixteenth Century
H. C. Erik Midelfort
The Social Role of Seventeenth-Century German Territorial States
Richard L. Gawthrop

Authors

Andrew C. Fix received his Ph.D. in 1984 from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he was a student of Gerald Strauss. He has been Assistant Professor of History at Lafayette College in Eaton, Pennsylvania, since 1985. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Newberry Library Renaissance Center. He has published several articles on intellectual life in seventeenth-century Holland and his book, Prophecy and Reason: the Dutch Collegiants in the Early Enlightenment was published by Princeton University Press in 1991. One of the themes of his research in the influence of Radical Reformation religious ideas on the growth of seventeenth-century philosophical rationalism.

Susan C. Karant-Nunn received her Ph.D. in 1971 from Indiana University in Bloomington, where she was a student of Gerald Strauss. She was Professor of History at Portland State University, where in 1982 she was awarded the fourth annual Branford P. Miller Award for Faculty Excellence. She has held fellowships from the International Research and Exchange Board and the American Association of University women, and travel grants from The American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her publications include Luther's Pastors: The Reformation in the Ernestine Countryside (1979) and Zwickau in Transition, 1500–1547: The Reformation as an Agent of Change (1987). She has written several articles on the effects of the Lutheran Reformation on women, and she is currently writing a book on the silver-lining communities of the Saxton Erzgebirge and their reception of the Reformation.

Reviews

This volume belongs in every college, university, and seminary library.

—Robert A. Kolb, Religious Studies Review

These articles are exemplary of the extraordinary quality of present day Reformation studies, both in level of scholarship and variety of topics covered.

—Kyle C. Sessions, Catholic Historical Review

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