Archaeologies of Confession

Writing the German Reformation, 1517-2017

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Carina L. Johnson, David M. Luebke, Marjorie E. Plummer, Jesse Spohnholz
Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association
  • New York, NY: 
    Berghahn Books
    , May
     352 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Modern religious identities are rooted in collective memories that are constantly made and remade across generations. How do these mutations of memory distort our picture of historical change and the ways that historical actors perceive it? Can one give voice to those whom history has forgotten? The essays collected here examine the formation of religious identities during the Reformation in Germany through case studies of remembering and forgetting—instances in which patterns and practices of religious plurality were excised from historical memory. By tracing their ramifications through the centuries, Archeologies of Confession carefully reconstructs the often surprising histories of plurality that have otherwise been lost or obscured.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Carina L. Johnson is Professor of History at Pitzer College and serves as extended faculty at Claremont Graduate University. She specializes in the cultural history of the sixteenth-century Habsburg Empire, particularly in relation to the extra-European world. Her publications include Cultural Hierarchy in Sixteenth-Century Europe: The Ottomans and Mexicans (2011).

David M. Luebke is Professor of History at the University of Oregon and has specialized in the history of social protest movements in early modern Germany as well as the formation of religious denominations during and after the Protestant Reformation. His publications include Hometown Religion: Regimes of Coexistence in Early Modern Westphalia (2016) and, as co-editor, the Spektrum volumes Conversion and the Politics of Religion in Early Modern Germany(2012) and Mixed Matches: Transgressive Unions in Germany from the Reformation to the Enlightenment (2014).

Marjorie E. Plummer is Professor of History at Western Kentucky University. She researches the history of the impact of the early reform movement on family and gender roles and on the changing legal definitions of social norms and religious identity in Early Modern Germany. She is the author of From Priest’s Whore to Pastor’s Wife: Clerical Marriage and the Process of Reform in the Early German Reformation (2012).

Jesse Spohnholz is Associate Professor of History at Washington State University. His research focuses on confessional coexistence, religious exile, gender, and memory of the Reformation  in the early modern Netherlands and northwest Germany. His books include The Tactics of Toleration: A Refugee Community in the Age of Religious Wars (2011) and The Convent of Wesel: The Event That Never Was and the Invention of Tradition (2017).



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