This book, first published in 1984, brings together three essays written by specialists in German history of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries whose important work is little known to English-speaking historians. Peter Blickle argues for a strong connection between the theology of the Reformation and the ideologies of the social protest movements of the period. Hans-Christoph Rublack takes a wider theme of the political and social norms in urban communities in the Holy Roman Empire and emphasises the ideas of justice, peace and unity held within the community despite the upheavals of revolution and protest. Winfried Schulze provides a comparative assessment of early modern peasant resistance within the Holy Roman Empire.
Table of Contents
Introduction Wolfgang J. Mommsen 1. Social Protest and Reformation Theology Peter Blickle 2. Political and Social Norms in Urban Communities in the Holy Roman Empire Hans-Christoph Rublack 3. Peasant Resistance in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Germany in a European Context Winfried Schulze
Peter Blickle, Hans-Christoph Rublack and Winfried Schulze