Calvinism and Religious Toleration in the Dutch Golden Age
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 196
Width: 15.9 cm
Height: 23.6 cm
Dutch society has enjoyed a reputation, or notoriety, for permissiveness from the sixteenth century to present times. The Dutch Republic in the Golden Age was the only society that tolerated religious dissenters of all persuasions in early modern Europe, despite being committed to a strictly Calvinist public Church. Professors R. Po-chia Hsia and Henk van Nierop have brought together a group of leading historians from the US, the UK and the Netherlands to probe the history and myth of this Dutch tradition of religious tolerance. This 2002 collection of outstanding essays reconsiders and revises contemporary views of Dutch tolerance. Taken as a whole, the volume's innovative scholarship offers unexpected insights into this important topic in religious and cultural history.
Review of the hardback: '... delivers more than its title promises in that several of the essays are focused not on the Dutch Golden Age but on the 18th century, which makes a welcome change. In breaking new ground where the same old sods keep being turned over, the editors and contributors are to be congratulated on a truly impressive achievement.' Huguenot Society Proceedings Review of the hardback: '... provides much more than a series of detailed case studies ... it makes an important contribution to the literature on religious toleration during the early modern period.' Sixteenth Century Journal