Protestant Nations Redefined: Changing Perceptions of National Identity in the Rehetoric of the English, Dutch, and Swedish Public Churches, 1685-1772

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BRILL, 2005 - Religion - 664 pages
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This volume reconstructs the various meanings attached to the concepts of nation and fatherland in eighteenth-century English, Dutch and Swedish political preaching. After discussing sermons as a medium of national ideology, it analyses the decline of the Israelite prototype of nation, the changing relationship between religious and national communities, international Protestantism, the weakening stereotype of popery, redefinitions of the Protestant monarchy, and the diversification of national vocabulary. It also compares the rise of non-theological languages of classical patriotism, freedom, economy and nature in three political cultures, revealing how the secular worship of nation arose even within the public presentation of religion. As post-nationalist comparative history, this study will be welcomed by readers with varied national and scholarly backgrounds interested in the Enlightenment and nationalism.

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Contents

Chapter One State Sermons as a Medium of Official
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Debated
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a State Sermon
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Chapter Three Interaction Between the Concepts
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3
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of Official Political Ideology
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Chapter Two Israelite Parallels in the Language
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Israel in the Hanoverian Era 2 2 The Several Layers of the Dutch Israel
121
Protestant Element Within the Constitution
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Chapter Seven Definitions and Redefinitions of
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in Dutch State Sermons
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of Nation
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2 3 The Concept of the Swedish Israel in Lutheran
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EighteenthCentury Sweden 3 3 1 The Fatherland as an Evangelical
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3 4 Complete Unity as the Ideal of State
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England as a Special Case Among European
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Europe
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in the MidEighteenth Century
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Chapter Five The Stereotype of Popery
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2
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of the National Community
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Chapter Six Interaction Between the Concepts
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Chapter Eight The Rise of Classical Patriotism in
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348
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Years War
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in Swedish State Sermons
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Chapter Nine Associations Between Freedom
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Swedish Lutheranism
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Chapter Ten The Rise of a Commercial Nation
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Swedish Clerical Estate
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Chapter Eleven The Language of Nature in Protestant
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3 Natural Law and Natural Metaphors
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National as an attribute in state sermons
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Index of Subjects Index of Places
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Pasi Ihalainen is a Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland.

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