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The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Rise of the State in Early Modern Europe

 
 
 
 
The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Rise of the State in Early Modern Europe
Author: Philip S. Gorski
ISBN 13: 9780226304847
ISBN 10: 226304841
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 2003-07-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
List Price: $32.00
 
 

What explains the rapid growth of state power in early modern Europe? While most scholars have pointed to the impact of military or capitalist revolutions, Philip S. Gorski argues instead for the importance of a disciplinary revolution unleashed by the Reformation. By refining and diffusing a variety of disciplinary techniques and strategies, such as communal surveillance, control through incarceration, and bureaucratic office-holding, Calvin and his followers created an infrastructure of religious governance and social control that served as a model for the rest of Europe—and the world.
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