Early Modern Catholicism

Thomas Worcester

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:
Early Modern Catholicism

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“Early modern Catholicism” is a broad, inclusive term employed by many historians in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The term includes how the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century elicited a critical response from Catholics that involved efforts to restore Catholic belief and practice where they had been supplanted. But Catholicism between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment was much more than that. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries historians have also examined internal reform, that is, reform of the Catholic Church in head and members, from popes to average laypeople. And cultural historians especially have done a great deal on global Catholicism, on Jesuits and other European missionaries, and on missionaries’ complex interaction with the native peoples of Asia and the Americas.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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