Religion and the Early Modern State

Views from China, Russia, and the West

Religion and the Early Modern State

How did state power impinge on the religion of the common people? The contributing historians of this collection uncover the process of "confessionalization", or "acculturation", by which officials of state and church collaborated in ambitious programs of Protestant or Catholic reform. Thirteen essays reveal a spectrum of possibilities which early modern governments tried to achieve by regulating religious life, as well as how religious communities consequently evolved in new directions.


"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

Ševčenko, Ihor. Ukraine between East and West: Essays on Cultural History to the Early Eighteenth Century. Edmonton and Toronto, 1996
Anisimov, Evgenii V. The Reforms of Peter the Great: Progress Through Coercion in Russia. Armonk, NY, 1993
Balzer, Marjorie Mandelstam, ed. Russian Traditional Culture: Religion, Gender, and Customary Lawd. Armonk, NY, and London, 1992
Baron, Samuel H., and Nancy Shields Kollmann, eds. Religion and Culture in Early Modern Russia and Ukraine. DeKalb, IL, 1997
Bell, Catherine. Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice. New York, 1992
Benedict, Philip. The Huguenot Population of France, 1600–1685. The Demographic Fate and Customs of a Religious Minority. Philadelphia, 1991
Brook, Timothy. Praying for Power: Buddhism and the Formation of Gentry Society in Late-Ming China. Cambridge, MA, 1993
Bushkovitch, Paul. Religion and Society in Russia: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. New York, 1992
Carlson, E. J., ed. Religion and the English People, 1500–1640: New Voices, New Perspectives. Kirksville, MO, 1998
Collinson, Patrick. The Religion of Protestants: The Church in English Society 1559–1625. Oxford, 1982
Davies, Julian. The Caroline Captivity of the Church: Charles I and the Remoulding of Anglicanism. Oxford, 1992
Duffy, Eamon. The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, c. 1400–c. 1580. New Haven, CT, 1992
Ferrell, Lori Anne. Government by Polemic: James I, the King's Preachers, and the Rhetorics of Conformity, 1603–1625. Stanford, CA, 1998
Frijhoff, Willem. Wegen van Evert Willemsz. Een Hollands Weeskind op Zoek Naar Zichzelf. Nijmegen, 1995
Gudziak, Boris A. Crisis and Reform. The Kyivan Metropolitanate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest. Cambridge, MA, 1998
Haigh, Christopher. English Reformations: Religion, Politics, and Society under the Tudors. Oxford, 1993
Heller, Wolfgang. Die Moskauer “Eiferer für die Frommigkeit” zwischen Staat und Kirche (1642–1652). Wiesbaden, 1988
Hrushevsky, Mykhailo. History of Ukraine-Rus': Volume 7. The Cossack Age to 1625. Toronto, 1999
Hutton, Ronald. The Rise and Fall of Merry England: The Ritual Year, 1400–1700. Oxford, 1994
Hutton, Ronald. The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain. Oxford, 1996
Johnson, David, Andrew J. Nathan, and Evelyn Rawski, eds. Popular Culture in Late Imperial China. Berkeley, 1985
Kamen, Henry. The Phoenix and the Flame: Catalonia and the Counter-Reformation. New Haven, CT, 1993
Kaplan, Benjamin. Calvinists and Libertines. Confession and Community in Utrecht, 1578–1620. Oxford, 1995
Karant-Nunn, Susan. The Reformation of Ritual: An Interpretation of Early Modern Germany. London and New York, 1997
Litzenberger, Caroline. The English Reformation and the Laity: Gloucestershire 1540–1580. Cambridge, 1997
Liu, Kwang-Ching, ed. Orthodoxy in Late Imperial China. Berkeley, 1990
Mentzer, Raymond, ed. Sin and the Calvinists: Morals Control and the Consistory in the Reformed Tradition. Kirksville, MO, 1994
Meyendorff, Paul. Russia, Ritual, and Reform. The Liturgical Reforms of Nikon in the Seventeenth Century. Crestwood, NY, 1991
Michels, George B. At War with the Church. Religious Dissent in Seventeenth-Century Russia. Stanford, CA, 1999
Moreton, C. E. The Townshends and Their World. Gentry, Law, and Land in Norfolk, c. 1450–1551. Oxford, 1992
Muir, Edward. Ritual in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge, 1997
Myers, David. ‘Poor Sinning Folk’: Confession and Conscience in Counter-Reformation Germany. Ithaca, NY, 1996
Nalle, Sara T. God in La Mancha: Religious Reform and the People of Cuenca, 1500–1650. Baltimore and London, 1992
Nichols, Anne Eljenholm. Seeable Signs: The Iconography of the Seven Sacraments, 1350–1544. Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1994
Okenfuss, Max J. The Rise and Fall of Latin Humanism in Early-Modern Russia: Pagan Authors, Ukrainians and the Resiliency of Muscovy. Leiden, 1995
Orme, Nicholas. The Saints of Cornwall. Oxford, 2000
Pollmann, Judith. Religious Choice in the Dutch Republic. The Reformation of Arnoldus Buchelius (1565–1641). Manchester and New York, 1999
Poska, Allyson M. Regulating the People: The Catholic Reformation in Seventeenth-Century Spain. Leiden, 1998
Prestwich, Menna, ed. International Calvinism, 1541–1715. Oxford, 1985
Schilling, Heinz. Religion, Culture and the Emergence of Early Modern Society. Leiden, 1992
Scribner, R. W. Popular Culture and Popular Movements in Reformation Germany. London, 1987
Ter Haar, B. J. The White Lotus Teachings in Chinese Religious History. Leiden, 1992
Thompson, Laurence G. Chinese Religion: An Introduction, 4th ed. Belmont, 1989
Tyacke, Nicholas. Anti-Calvinists: The Rise of English Arminianism, c. 1590–1640. Oxford, 1987
Van Rooden, Pieter. Religieuze Regimes. Over Godsdienst en Maatschappij in Nederland, 1570–1990. Amsterdam, 1996
Watson, James L., and Evelyn Rawski, eds. Death Ritual in Late Imperial and Modern China. Berkeley, 1988
Webster, Tom. Godly Clergy in Early Stuart England: The Caroline Puritan Movement, c. 1620–1643. Cambridge, 1997
Whiting, Robert. The Blind Devotion of the People: Popular Religion and the English Reformation. Cambridge, 1989
Yang, C. K. Religion in Chinese Society. Berkeley, 1961