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David Martin Luebke
University of Oregon (Eugene, OR 97403-5219)

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2007 – 8/31/2007

Hometown Religion: Conflict and Coexistence in the Formation of Religious Identities in Germany, 1580-1650.

How did Christians in sixteenth-century Europe turn into “Lutherans,” “Calvinists,” and “Catholics”? How did this transformation affect the way people lived and worked together in community? This study analyzes the changing relationship between religious and civic identities within the mid-sized towns of the diocese of Münster, in northwestern Germany, between 1580 and 1650, when the Counter-Reformation was introduced and pressure to conform in matters of doctrine and liturgy increased enormously. Focusing on evidence from the town of Warendorf, it examines patterns of conflict and coexistence between the Protestant and Catholic faithful as these municipalities struggled to maintain their civic autonomy.