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Reforming the North
The Kingdoms and Churches of Scandinavia, 1520–1545

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  • Date Published: February 2010
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  • isbn: 9780511669514

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  • The turbulence of the Protestant Reformation marks a turning point in European history, but the Scandinavian contribution to this revolution is not well known outside the Northern world. Reforming the North focuses on twenty-five years (1520–45 AD) of this history, during which Scandinavians terminated the medieval Union of Kalmar, toppled the Catholic Church, ended the commercial dominance of the German Hanse, and laid the foundations for centralized states on the ruins of old institutions and organizations. This book traces the chaotic and often violent transfer of resources and authority from the decentralized structures of medieval societies to the early modern states and their territorial churches. Religious reform is regarded as an essential element in the process - in the context of social unrest, political conflict, and long-term changes in finance, trade, and warfare. Reforming the North offers a broad perspective on this turbulent period and on the implications of the Protestant Reformation for Northern history.

    • Gives equal billing to the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden
    • Offers a proper context for an appraisal of the role of religious reform in an overall social transformation
    • Treats topics central to any comparative study of the European Reformation. These topics include state reformation, taxation, and warfare
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    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511669514
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The North
    Part I. Lord of the Northern World, 1512–23:
    2. Preliminary
    3. Christian II's other kingdom
    4. A conquest
    5. Hubris
    6. Insurrection
    7. The king's fall
    Part II. Successors, 1523–33:
    8. The new men
    9. Brushfires
    10. Reform by indirection
    11. Reform by decree
    12. Return of the king
    Part III. Civil War, 1533–6:
    13. A republic of nobles
    14. Reactions
    15. The war of all against all
    16. The fall of Copenhagen
    Part IV. The Settlement, 1536–45:
    17. A new order
    18. Under the crown of Denmark eternally
    19. Dilemmas of a very early modern state
    20. Supremacy and its discontents
    21. Conclusion.

  • Author

    James L. Larson, University of California, Berkeley
    James L. Larson is Professor Emeritus of Scandinavian Languages at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the languages, literature, and history of northern Europe, with an emphasis on early modern history and culture. His interests in science, religion, and culture are unified by a concern with the process of secularization in Western culture. Larson has published several books, including Reason and Experience, a study of Linnaean classification; Interpreting Nature: The Science of Living Form from Linnaeus to Kant, a history of eighteenth-century life sciences; and Renaissance of the Goths, a translation of a study of the last Catholic archbishops of Sweden in the sixteenth century. He has also published papers in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Isis, Janus, the Journal of the History of Biology, the Journal of the History of Ideas, Scandinavian Studies, and Scandinavica.

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