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Europe's Reformations, 1450-1650: Doctrine, Politics, and Community

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In this widely praised history, noted scholar James D. Tracy offers a comprehensive, lucid, and masterful exploration of early modern Europe's key turning point. Establishing a new standard for histories of the Reformation, Tracy explores the complex religious, political, and social processes that made change possible, even as he synthesizes new understandings of the profo ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published March 9th 2006 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published October 1999)
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Lauren Albert
This was a very good introduction to the ideas, people and politics of the reformation(s). Tracy certainly shows why it was "reformations" and not "reformation." I thought his ending with these brief discourses on other religions kind of odd. He says he is showing how reformation plays out elsewhere in other religions but it fell flat for me. I would recommend this to anyone without a background in the subject.
Erin
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the best book on the Reformation I have read so far.
Al Johnson
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
The history of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation is a challenge for any author. Not only is the subject charged even today with bias based upon religious position, but the historiography itself is difficult to wade through with enough objectivity to glean the facts away from the opinion. Further, the movement is not a singular event, but one of multiple events connected and isolated in a myriad of ways. The challenge any author has in addition to the above is to present a meaningful overvi ...more
Charles Nicholas Saenz
Sep 04, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
James D. Tracy structured his survey of the Reformation around two simple premises. First, the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century was one of several reform movements in the history of Western Christendom. Second, though religion serves as an important motive force behind history, it is one among many. Both views are in line with much recent scholarship concerning the period and offer an approach in keeping with the times.

Regarding the format of the book, Tracy focuses on doctrinal,
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