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Protestants: A History from Wittenberg to Pennsylvania 1517 - 1740

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5084-2
280 pages
October 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Protestants: A History from Wittenberg to Pennsylvania, 1517-1740 presents a comprehensive thematic history of the rise and influence of the branches of Christianity that emerged out of the Protestant Reformation.

  • Represents the only English language single-volume survey of the rise of early modern Protestantism from its Lutheran beginnings in Germany to its spread to America
  • Offers a thematic approach to Protestantism by tracing its development within the social, political, and cultural context of early modern Europe
  • Introduces innovative argument that the central dynamic of Protestantism was not its struggle with Catholicism but its own inner dynamic
  • Breaks from traditional scholarship by arguing that the rise of Reformation Protestantism lasted at least two centuries
  • Unites Old World and New World Protestant histories

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Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Law and Gospel.

1. Foundations.

Wittenberg and Rome.

Swiss Protestants.

Reformations.

Geneva and Europe.

2. Kingdoms.

Kings, Priests, and Prophets.

Civic Protestantism.

The Politics of Faith.

3. Communities.

Biblical Utopias.

The Pursuit of Purity.

New World Protestants.

4. Dominions.

Bonds of Communion.

Christian Subjects.

Protestant Environments.

The Missionary Turn.

5. Revivals.

Signs of the Times.

True Christianity.

The End of Reformation.

Epilogue: Modern Protestants.

Endnotes.

Index.

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C. Scott Dixon is Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University of Belfast, UK. He is the author of numerous books and articles on early modern religious history, including The Reformation and Rural Society (1996) and The Reformation in Germany (2002). Dixon has been the recipient of Alexander von Humboldt research fellowships in association with the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel and the Freie Universität Berlin.
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  • Represents the only English language single-volume survey of the rise of early modern Protestantism from its Lutheran beginnings in Germany to its spread to America
  • Offers a thematic approach to Protestantism by tracing its development within the social, political, and cultural context of early modern Europe
  • Introduces innovative argument that the central dynamic of Protestantism was not its struggle with Catholicism but its own inner dynamic
  • Breaks from traditional scholarship by arguing that the rise of Reformation Protestantism lasted at least two centuries
  • Unites Old World and New World Protestant histories
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“In this thoughtful and highly original book, Scott Dixon takes a thematic approach to the process of building the new Christian communities … Scott Dixon has done an admirable job, given the constraints of space and the breadth of his coverage, in painting a broad-ranging and sophisticated picture of a complex and expansive movement.”  (EHR Oxford Journal Clippings, 6 June 2012)

"Dixon's contribution lies, rather, in his fascinating and highly original thesis that the formative phase of Protestantism, as a creative social force, must be viewed as extending to the revivalist impulses of the 18th-century Great Awakening in the New World...Dixon's writing here is detailed, solid, and compelling. Summing Up: Highly recommended." (Choice, 1 May 2011)

"This is a remarkable work, for its striking originality, its powerful and independent-minded synthesis, its sensitivity to the primary and secondary material, its deployment of really gripping examples and case studies, and its conjoining of the European and North American Protestant experience….”—Mark Greengrass, University of Sheffield

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