The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Rise of the State in Early Modern Europe

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University of Chicago Press, 01 lug 2003 - 249 pagine
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What explains the rapid growth of state power in early modern Europe? While most scholars have pointed to the impact of military or capitalist revolutions, Philip S. Gorski argues instead for the importance of a disciplinary revolution unleashed by the Reformation. By refining and diffusing a variety of disciplinary techniques and strategies, such as communal surveillance, control through incarceration, and bureaucratic office-holding, Calvin and his followers created an infrastructure of religious governance and social control that served as a model for the rest of Europe—and the world.
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Indice

Body and Soul Calvinism Discipline and State Power in Early Modern Europe
1
Disciplinary Revolution from Below in the Low Countries
39
Disciplinary Revolution from Above in BrandenburgPrussia
79
Social Disciplining in Comparative Perspective
114
Conclusion
157
Notes
173
Bibliography
209
Index
237
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Philip S. Gorski is an associate professor of sociology and director of the Max and Marianne Weber Center for Comparative Social Analysis at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is coauthor of The German Left: Red, Green, and Beyond.

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