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The Social Impact Of The Lutheran Reformation In Germany

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The most well-known surviving communities today are administered through the Klosterfonds Hannover, an endowment under public law. The problem behind this chapter is the extent to which the at times less-than-coherent body of teachings and beliefs one call as "Lutheranism" caused developments in the concrete realm of material circumstances, social structures, society, and everyday life in the 16th and 17th centuries. In the past social historians often addressed this question in terms of the "impact" or "successes and failures of the Reformation;" recently, the approach has been expanded into the longer term impacts of the emergence of confessions in Germany. The chapter attempts to take a first step in that direction by explicit assessment of the utility of certain theological and historical concepts in the realm of social history. Lutherans lived in a variety of economic landscapes and political units in central Europe. The chapter concerns inhabitants of German-speaking lands.

Keywords:central Europe; German-speaking lands; Germany; Lutheran Reformation; social structures



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