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Global Reformations
Transforming Early Modern Religions, Societies, and Cultures

ISBN 9780367025137
Published May 28, 2019 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

Global Reformations offers a sustained, comparative, and interdisciplinary exploration of religious transformations in the early modern world.

The volume explores global developments and tracks the many ways in which Reformation movements shaped relations of Christians with other Christians, and also with Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and aboriginal groups in the Americas. Contributions explore the negotiations, tensions, and contacts that developed across social, gender, and religious lines in different parts of the globe, focusing on how different convictions about religious reform and approaches to it shaped social action and cross-confessional encounters. The essays explore the convergence of religious reform, global expansion, and governmental consolidation in the early modern world and examine the Reformation as a global phenomenon; the authors ask how a global frame complicates our understanding of what the Reformation itself was and offer a unique and up-to-date examination of the Reformation that broadens readers’ understanding in creative and useful ways.

Demonstrating new research and innovative approaches in the study of cross-cultural contact during the early modern period, this volume is ideal for advanced undergraduates and graduates of early modern history, religious history, women's & gender studies, and global history.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Contributors


1 Global Reformations: Reframing Early Modern Christianity

Nicholas Terpstra

2 Religious Expansion in Islam, Catholicism, and Buddhism

Luke Clossey

Conversion, Co-Existence, & Identity

3 Translating Christian Martyrdom in Buddhist Japan in the Early Modern Jesuit Mission

Haruko Nawata Ward

4 Gypsies in Counter-Reformation Rome

Giorgio Caravale

5 "Turning Turke" the Anabaptist Way: Muslims, Jews, Christian Spiritualists, and Polemical Discourse in the Dutch Republic, c. 1570 to c. 1630

Gary K. Waite

Spatial & Social Disciplines

6 Before the Ghetto: Spatial Logics, Jewish Experience, and Jewish-Christian Relations in Early Modern Florence

Justine Walden

7 To Be a Foreigner in Early Modern Italy. Were there ghettos for non-Catholic Christians?

Stefano Villani

8 Maintaining Colonial Order: Institutional Enclosure in Spanish Manila, 1590-1790

Allison Graham

Cultural & Religious Politics

9 The Renaissance Papacy and Catholicization of the ‘Manichean Heretics’: Rethinking the 1459 Purge of the Bosnian Kingdom

Luka Spoljaric

10 Creole Conquests: Reformation, Representation, and Return in Early Colonial New Spain

Lindsay Sidders

11 An Embattled Catholic Archbishop between Latins and Greeks in the Ottoman Aegean

Andrew P. McCormick

Life Across Boundaries

12 Reforming Birth in Early Colonial Mexico, or, Did Mexican Women Really Have a Counter-Reformation

Jacqueline Holler

13 The Venetian Jewish Household as a Multi-Religious Community in Early Modern Italy

Federica Francesconi

14 Exile Identity and the Pietist Reform Movement: Constructing the Georgia Salzburgers from Alpine Crypto Protestants

Christine Marie Koch


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Nicholas Terpstra teaches early modern history at the University of Toronto, Canada, working at the intersections of gender, politics, charity, and religion. Recent publications include Religious Refugees in the Early Modern World: An Alternative Interpretation of the Reformation (2016) and Faith’s Boundaries: Laity and Clergy in Early Modern Confraternities (2013).


"Abandoning the eurocentric perspective, the Reformation should be examined as a global and pluralistic phenomenon, in order to see the plastic relations with other faiths.  With this goal, Nicholas Terpstra has engaged scholars of different fields and backgrounds, guaranteeing a full and global view and proposing new hypotheses that co-exist with and deepen traditional interpretations.  . . . . .the standing and authority of these scholars has not prevented them from entering fully into the discussion, bringing original research and moving to new interpretations. The studies are very interesting, proposing analyses of new or little explored sources, with a significant expansion of the research horizons." Michaela Valente, Nuova Rivista Storica