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In the context of continuing debates over Protestantism, capitalism and the absolutist state, this book presents a fresh historical and theoretical analysis of religion and politics in early modern Europe. The author undertakes a systematic comparative-historical analysis of the very different contributions made by the Puritan and Pietist movements to the success or failure of absolutist rule in England, Württemberg and Prussia. While Puritans and Pietists shared similar religious ideas, aspirations and ethos, they developed quite different political attitudes and alliances in each case. English Puritans made a crucial contribution to the overthrow of attempted absolutism, as the English Revolution helped ensure the further development of parliamentary rule. Pietists in Württemberg shared the anti-absolutist attitudes of the English Puritans, yet tended to remain politically passive in the constitutional struggles against absolutism. And in complete contrast, Pietists in Prussia made a vital positive contribution to the successful establishment of the militaristic, bureaucratic Prussian absolutist state.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Great Britain Politics and government 1603-1714, Wurttemberg (Germany) Politics and government, Prussia (Germany) Politics and government 17th century, England Church history 17th century, Wurttemberg (Germany) Church history, Prussia (Germany) Church history, Puritans England History 17th century, Pietism Germany Wurttemberg History 17th century, Pietism Germany Prussia History 17th century