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The Counter Reformation: The Essential Readings.

Leubke, David M., ed. The Counter Reformation: The Essential Readings.

(Blackwell Essential Readings in History.) Maiden, MA and Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, 1999. 234 pp. index. n.p. ISBN: 0-631-21104-7.

Luebke proposes three objectives for this volume of essays designed to introduce student readers to issues regarding the Counter-Reformation. He promises to cover a "wide variety of themes" related to religious history and religious culture, to include "a variety of historiographical approaches and interpretive frameworks," and finally to present the Counter-Reformation "as it unfolded in a variety of political and cultural landscapes." To this end, the anthology includes three essays that review debates "over the label 'Counter-Reformation,'" and six essays that "measure the impact of Catholic reforms on various aspects of social, cultural, and political life during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries." Essays include: Hubert Jedin, "Catholic Reformation or Counter-Reformation?"; H. Outram Evennett, "Counter-Reformation Spirituality"; John W O'Malley, SJ, "Was Ignatius Loyola a Church Reformer? How to Look at Early Modern Catholicism"; John Bossy, "The Counter-Reformation and the People of Catholic Europe"; Wolfgang Reinhard, "Reformation, Counter-Reformation, and the Early Modern State: A Reassessment"; Peter Burke, "How to Become a Counter-Reformation Saint"; Alison Weber, "Little Women: Counter-Reformation Misogyny"; Marc R Forster, "The Thirty Years' War and the Failure of Catholicization"; Sabine MacCormack, "'The Heart Has Its Reasons': Predicaments of Missionary Christianity in Early Colonial Peru."
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Publication:Renaissance Quarterly
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Date:Dec 22, 1999
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