The German Reformation (Studies in European History)
In recent years, new approaches to the history of the Reformation of the Church have radically altered our understanding of that event within its broadest social and cultural context. In this concise study, R. W. Scribner provides a synthesis of the main research, with special emphasis on the German Reformation, and presents his own interpretation of the period. The second...more
Paperback, Second Edition , 128 pages
Published November 29th 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published January 1st 1986)
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Feb 10, 2010 Victoria rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Very brief introduction to the (now outdated) historiography of the German Reformation. Argues that much of the foregoing work has dealt with Protestantism through a teleological lens, which posits a rigid, 17th century Protestantism as the necessary end point to the 16th century Reformations. I disagree that there was any one Protestantism in the 17th century (and therefore disagree with Scribner's assessment of the historiography in that light), but whatever. Raises some good research question...more
This book is a godsend for graduate students. It is a short survey of how the field of Reformation research has changed in the 20th century. The body text references a topically arranged bibliography. Written in 1986, it is a bit dated now, but will bring the reader up to date at least that far. It is weak on theology, but that is part of the shift in method.
Historian who specialised in the German Reformation, popular religion and culture as well as social and economic history. He taught at Portsmouth polytechnic and the Universities of London, Cambridge and Harvard.More about Robert W. Scribner...