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By Michael J. Halvorson,Karen E. Spierling

a number of old stories use the time period "community'" to specific or touch upon social relationships inside of geographic, non secular, political, social, or literary settings, but this quantity is the 1st systematic try and gather jointly vital examples of this diverse paintings for you to draw comparisons and conclusions concerning the definition of neighborhood throughout early smooth Europe. providing numerous historic and theoretical methods, the 16 unique essays during this assortment survey significant areas of Western Europe, together with France, Geneva, the German Lands, Italy and the Spanish Empire, the Netherlands, England, and Scotland. Complementing the nearby range is a large spectrum of non secular confessions: Roman Catholic groups in France, Italy, and Germany; Reformed church buildings in France, Geneva, and Scotland; Lutheran groups in Germany; Mennonites in Germany and the Netherlands; English Anglicans; Jews in Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands; and Muslim converts returning to Christian England. This quantity illuminates the diversity of how during which groups have been outlined and operated throughout early glossy Europe: as imposed through group leaders or negotiated throughout society; as outlined by means of trust, habit, and reminiscence; as marked by way of inflexible barriers and clash or via flexibility and alter; as formed via paintings, ritual, charity, or devotional practices; and as characterised by means of the contending or overlapping barriers of relations, faith, and politics. Taken jointly, those chapters exhibit the complicated and changeable nature of neighborhood in an period extra frequently characterised as a time of stark certainties and inflexibility. for this reason, the quantity contributes an essential source to the continuing efforts of students to appreciate the construction and perpetuation of groups and the importance of neighborhood definition for early glossy Europeans.

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