Religious beliefs, their practice and expression, were fundamental to the cultural fabric of early modern Europe. They were representations of belonging, identity, power and social meaning. In the era of Europe's reformations and subsequent confessionalizations coinciding with its first colonial empires and its conflictual relations with other faiths on its eastern borderlands, this volume, first published in 2007, examines the role of religion as a vehicle for cultural conflict, cohabitation and cultural exchange. Essays by leading historians show the complexity and diversity of the processes of religious differentiation that contributed to the making of modern Europe, with case studies ranging from Transylvania and Lithuania to Spain and Portugal and from Italy to England. The volume will appeal to scholars in early modern European history, history of religion, as well as social and cultural history.
Heinz Schilling is Professor of Early Modern History at Humboldt University Berlin. His research focuses on European comparative history, the history of the Reformation and early modern migration and minorities. The late Itsvan Gyorgy Toth was Professor of History at the Central European University, Budapest. He recently edited a multi-authored Concise History of Hungary (2005).