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The politics of the Reformation in Germany : Jacob Sturm (1489-1553) of Strasbourg /
Thomas A. Brady, Jr.
Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press, 1997.
xiii, 280 p. : maps ; 23 cm.
0391040049 (pbk.)
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Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press, 1997.
0391040049 (pbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-264) and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-04-01:
This revision of Brady's Protestant Politics: Jacob Sturm (1489-1553) and the German Reformation (CH, Jul'95) for nonspecialists in the field is very well written. The two new chapters on the Holy Roman Empire and the Strasbourg region are an accessible forum for Brady's emphasis on social and political history as key elements for the revision of older confessional-national versions of German history predominant until recently. One of the leading international scholars of early modern Germany, Brady (European history, Univ. of California, Berkeley) "seeks to contribute to a new political history of the German Reformation" by viewing it as "an inverted pyramid, which rests its point at Strasbourg and mounts in ever larger layers--Lower Alsace, the Upper Rhine, South Germany, the Protestant Alliance known as the Smalkaldic League--to the Empire." Brady's argument is that the reformers might have thought globally, but they acted locally. The "dispersed governance" of the Empire and German particularism facilitated the reforming contributions of persons such as Jacob Sturm, the central figure running throughout Brady's account. Maps; useful glossary; extensive list of further readings in English. General; undergraduate; graduate; faculty. C. Lindberg Boston University
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