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“Wir Halenser”: The Understanding Of Insiders And Outsiders Among Halle Pietists In Prussia Under King Frederick William I (1713–1740)

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This chapter focuses on the study of the Pietists' sense of insiders and outsiders as part of a larger study of how Pietists maneuvered at Frederick William I's court. The Pietists are a terrific source for understanding Frederick William's court. The Pietists' correspondence is an ideal source for understanding the functioning of an early modern court faction. Members of the Pietist network consciously spoke of themselves as a group within society. In addition to the common use of "brother" and "father" in reference to individual Pietists, the Pietists identified themselves as "wir Halenser", which referred not only to their connection to the University of Halle but also to their membership in Francke's network. In short, insiders had become outsiders, and the Pietists' principal opposition at court was other splinters of what had been the elder Francke's network.

Keywords: Halle Pietists; King Frederick William I court; Prussia; Wir Halenser



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