© 2002

Religion, Government and Political Culture in Early Modern Germany

Lindau, 1520-1628


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Johannes C. Wolfart
    Pages 1-8
  3. Johannes C. Wolfart
    Pages 35-63
  4. Johannes C. Wolfart
    Pages 64-92
  5. Johannes C. Wolfart
    Pages 121-159
  6. Johannes C. Wolfart
    Pages 160-171
  7. Johannes C. Wolfart
    Pages 172-174
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 175-261

About this book


The story of conflict in an island community offers a valuable case study for the analysis of early modern German political culture. Investigations range from interpersonal relations to dynamics of civic church and imperial government. Chronicled throughout are the interactions of two opposing principles in modern society 'secular' vs 'spiritual' and 'public' vs 'private'. These are found to operate both discursively and institutionally, and are deployed to help establish 'sovereign authority' ( Obrigkeit ), as well as to articulate resistance in the form of 'bourgeois republican ideology'.


church culture dynamics German Germany ideology interaction politics religion resistance society

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ReligionUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

About the authors

JOHANNES C. WOLFART is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

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