Konfessionalisering, konfessionskonflikt och konfessionskultur under tidigmodern tid

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In recent years, Scandinavian scholars have shown an increasing interest in German research on confessionalisation in early modern Europe. In this article, I set out the research topic for a Scandinavian audience and suggest how best to use the concept of confessionalisation when working with Scandinavian sources. The concept of confessionalisation focuses on the creation of the three main confessions (Lutheran, Roman Catholic and Reformed) after the Reforma- tion, and the ways in which it impacted on the early modern state-building process. Through the force of confessionalisation, the early modern state was provided with a powerful tool with which to integrate its subjects (Reinhard, Schilling); however, I would argue that the concept of confessionalisation is not limited to state-building, but also includes the analysis of confessional conflicts. The literature on confessionalisation has also accentuated that (i) the process of confessionalisation was a European phenomenon, and therefore should be analysed in a comparative, cross-confessional manner across the entire region, and (ii) confessionalisation contributed to the creation of modern Europe in the early Sattelzeit, Koselleck's 'saddle period'. Lately, the concept of confessional culture has been developed further to capture the differences in practices, symbols, and self-understanding in the three confessions (Kaufmann). Until now the main problem with applying the concept of confessio-nalisation to Swedish source material has capturing the indifference and passive resistance towards religious change among the peasantry. Sweden was a Lutheran state, but that does not mean that parochial life was truly Lutheran, or at least as Lutheran as the theologians would have liked. I would argue that this does not mean that the concept of confessionalisation cannot be applied to Swedish source material, however. The fact that the confessionalisation of life was uncompleted forced the princes and theologians to work harder on new tools to integrate the nation and drive the state-building process.

Bidragets översatta titel Confessionalisation, confessional conflict, and confessional culture in early modern Scandinavia
Sidor (från-till)93-106
StatusPublished - 2016

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Historia

Fria nyckelord

  • Konfessionalisering
  • Konfessionskultur
  • Konfessionskonflikt


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