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Catholic Enlightenment And Reform Catholicism In The Holy Roman Empire

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The Catholic Enlightenment in the territories of the Holy Roman Empire was at once an episode specific to the intellectual and cultural conditions of early modern Germany and also part of a much broader shift in religion, politics, and culture in eighteenth-century Europe. The author briefly elaborates three sets of related concepts that may serve as nodes connecting the history of the Catholic Enlightenment in the Holy Roman Empire to other historical movements and literatures. These sets of concepts may be loosely categorized as: Catholic Enlightenment and Reform Catholicism; Enlightenment and Religion in Germany; and Jansenism and Baroque Catholicism. The latter portions of this chapter show how the rise of the state and the concomitant social changes gave way to a sharper conflict.

Keywords: Catholic Enlightenment; eighteenth-century; Germany; Holy Roman Empire; Reform Catholicism

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