Catholic Europe, 1592-1648: Centre and Peripheries

Hardcover | November 15, 2015

byTadhg O Hannrachain

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Catholic Europe, 1592-1648 examines the processes of Catholic renewal from a unique perspective; rather than concentrating on the much studied heartlands of Catholic Europe, it focuses primarily on a series of societies on the European periphery and examines how Catholicism adapted to verydifferent conditions in areas such as Ireland, Britain, the Netherlands, East-Central Europe, and the Balkans. In certain of these societies, such as Austria and Bohemia, the Catholic Reformation advanced alongside very rigorous processes of state coercion. In other Habsburg territories, mostnotably Royal Hungary, and in Poland, Catholic monarchs were forced to deploy less confrontational methods, which nevertheless enjoyed significant measures of success. On the Western fringe of the continent, Catholic renewal recorded its greatest advances in Ireland but even in the Netherlands itmaintained a significant body of adherents, despite considerable state hostility. In the Balkans, O hAnnrachain examines the manner in which the papacy invested substantially more resources and diplomatic efforts in pursuing military strategies against the Ottoman Empire than in supportingmissionary and educational activity.The chronological focus of the book is also unusual because on the peripheries of Europe the timing of Catholic reform occurred differently. Catholic Europe, 1592-1648 begins with the pontificate of Clement VIII and, rather than treating religious renewal in the later sixteenth and seventeenthcenturies as essentially a continuation of established patterns of reform, it argues for the need to understand the contingency of this process and its constant adaptation to contemporary events and preoccupations.

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Catholic Europe, 1592-1648 examines the processes of Catholic renewal from a unique perspective; rather than concentrating on the much studied heartlands of Catholic Europe, it focuses primarily on a series of societies on the European periphery and examines how Catholicism adapted to verydifferent conditions in areas such as Ireland, ...

Tadhg O hAnnrachain is currently Head of School of History at University College Dublin. He completed his PhD at the European University Institute at Florence in 1995. He has published widely in journals such as English Historical Review, History Compass, Shiso, Revue Historique, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy and in numerous e...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.92 inPublished:November 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Periodization of Catholic Renewal2. The Western Margins3. East-Central Europe4. Opposition to Islam5. Catholicism and Missionary Activity in the Northern Balkans6. Conclusion: Centre and PeripheriesBibliography