Reformation and Confessionalization

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This article provides an overview of the historiography and the major historical developments of the Protestant Reformation, Catholic reform, and confessionalization in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Germany and Europe. In the first part of this article, the historiography of the Reformation and the confessional age is discussed, with particular emphasis on questions of periodization. In the second part, the major historical developments between the late Middle Ages and the middle of the seventeenth century in the German Empire as well as in Europe are summarized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Catholic Reformation
  • Catholic reform
  • Confession building
  • Confessional age
  • Confessionalization
  • Counter-Reformation
  • Cultural history
  • Huldrych Zwingli
  • Jean Calvin
  • Late middle ages
  • Martin Luther
  • Reformation
  • Reformations
  • Social history
  • State formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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