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

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University of Chicago Press, Jul 1, 2003 - History - 249 pages
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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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The more I dive into American History and Evangelism the more roads point to German Pietism as a crucial birthplace of Evangelical social movements, Antimodernism and Romanticism and nationalism, Feminism, Spiritism and Modern Gender. Gorski revisits to Puritan Diaspora and Weber from a viewpoint of Foucault's genre of Social Historiography. 


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4 Social Disciplining in Comparative Perspective

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Philip S. Gorski is an associate professor of sociology and director of the Max and Marianne Weber Center for Comparative Social Analysis at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is coauthor of The German Left: Red, Green, and Beyond.

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