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Europe's reformations, 1450-1650
Tracy, James D.
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Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [1999]

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xvii, 387 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
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James D. Tracy is professor of history at the University of Minnesota.

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Tracy (history, Univ. of Minnesota and an accomplished Erasmus scholar) offers an interesting, lucid survey of Europe's Reformation in the series "Critical Issues in History." Divided into three major sections--"Doctrine to Live By," "Politics," and "Society and Community," and preceded by an intriguing opening chapter, "Premises"--the total provides a stimulating look and reflects Tracy's command of the material. The concise nature of the text and the questions he poses work best for someone with some knowledge of the period. Illustrations are excellent and placed in the text where they have maximum effect; maps are minimal. The bibliography is uneven, apparently favoring colleagues from Tracy's long career, but acceptable. The section on the English Reformation is weak, and the bibliography does not include recent important works on More, Tyndale, and Cranmer. A better book for undergraduates would be Euan Cameron's The European Reformation (1991), but graduate students and faculty will enjoy and benefit from this well-written, thoughtful book. D. P. King; Whitman College

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Note Regarding Endnotes, References, and Abbreviationsp. xiii
Series Editor's Forewordp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Mapsp. xix
Part I Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Premisesp. 3
Chapter 2 The Reformation in European Perspectivep. 13
Part II Doctrine to Live byp. 31
Chapter 3 Doctrine: Late Medieval Backgroundp. 33
Chapter 4 Doctrine: Martin Luther, to 1521p. 47
Chapter 5 Doctrine: The German and Swiss Reformation, 1520-1526p. 57
Chapter 6 Doctrine: The German and Swiss Reformation, 1526-1555p. 73
Chapter 7 Doctrine: The European Reformationsp. 97
Part III Politicsp. 121
Chapter 8 Politics: The Wars of Italy, 1494-1559p. 125
Chapter 9 Politics: Wars of Religion, 1562-1648p. 145
Chapter 10 Politics: The European Reformationsp. 169
Chapter 11 Politics: England's Reformations, 1527-1660p. 185
Part IV Society and Communityp. 211
Chapter 12 Society and Community: Late Medieval Backgroundp. 213
Chapter 13 Society and Community: The German and Swiss Reformationp. 239
Chapter 14 Society and Community: Reformations across Europep. 261
Chapter 15 Conclusion: Europe's Reformations in Global Perspectivep. 287
Notesp. 301
Bibliographyp. 355
Indexp. 371
About the Authorp. 387