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Author Gorski, Philip S.

Title The disciplinary revolution : Calvinism and the rise of the state in early modern Europe / Philip S. Gorski
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 249 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Body and soul : Calvinism, discipline, and state power in early modern Europe -- Disciplinary revolution from below in the Low Countries -- Disciplinary revolution from above in Brandenburg-Prussia -- Social disciplining in comparative perspective
Summary What explains the rapid growth of state power in early modern Europe? While most scholars have pointed to the impact of military or capitalist revolutions, Philip S. Gorski argues instead for the importance of a disciplinary revolution unleashed by the Reformation. By refining and diffusing a variety of disciplinary techniques and strategies, such as communal surveillance, control through incarceration, and bureaucratic office-holding, Calvin and his followers created an infrastructure of religious governance and social control that served as a model for the rest of Europe--and the world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-236) and index
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Subject Calvinism -- Europe -- History.
Christian sociology -- Reformed Church -- History.
Church and state -- Reformed Church -- History
Church and state -- Europe -- History.
Europe -- Church history.
Europe -- Politics and government.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2002155086
ISBN 0226304868 (electronic bk.)
9780226304861 (electronic bk.)