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G.A. Francke And The Halle Communication Network: Protection, Politics And Piety

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Historians are well aware of the importance of epistolary communication networks for Protestants in the early-modern era. This chapter details both the younger Francke's place within - and the importance of the Halle communication network for - the continuation of the elder Francke's work. G.A. Francke has attracted little sustained scholarly attention, although this has not prevented historians from judging him harshly. Halle's multifaceted communication network provided G.A. Francke with a variety of important information. Close examination of two incidents involving this epistolary network illuminate the extent of G.A. Francke's influence, authority, and power in the post-August Herman era and alters our understanding of this important, but unfortunately neglected,period of Halle Pietism's history. The archives at Halle are filled with similar cases that show G.A. Francke importance in eccle- siastical affairs and his ability to protect and expand the Halle Insti- tutes' traditional privileges.

Keywords: G.A. Francke; Halle communication network



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