Synopses & Reviews
This is the first book length study in English of the development of Catholic identity and a specific German Catholic culture in the 300 years after the Protestant Reformation. Focusing on religious and cultural history, Forster highlights the importance of Catholicism in the German-speaking lands and seeks to integrate the study of Catholic Germany into our understanding of the origins of both modern Germany and modern European Catholicism.
"An important addition to the literature on early modern Germany... Recommended." —CHOICE
This is one of the first book length studies available in English of the development of Catholic identity and a specific German Catholic culture in the 300 years after the Reformation. The book emphasizes the particular nature of Church institutions in Germany and the vital role of the population in the creation of Catholic practice and belief.
About the Author
Marc Forster is with the Department of History, Connecticut College.
Table of Contents
Introduction * Catholic Germany before Trent * The Counter-Reformation Episode: 1570s to 1620s * The Thirty Years' War * The German Church after 1650 * Baroque Catholicism * German Catholicism in the late Eighteenth Century * Conclusion * Bibliography * Index