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Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World

Protestant Communalism in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1650–1850

Editors: Lockley, Philip (Ed.)

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This book explores the trans-Atlantic history of Protestant traditions of communalism – communities of shared property.

The sixteenth-century Reformation may have destroyed monasticism in northern Europe, but Protestant Christianity has not always denied common property. Between 1650 and 1850, a range of Protestant groups adopted communal goods, frequently after crossing the Atlantic to North America: the Ephrata community, the Shakers, the Harmony Society, the Community of True Inspiration, and others. Early Mormonism also developed with a communal dimension, challenging its surrounding Protestant culture of individualism and the free market. In a series of focussed and survey studies, this book recovers the trans-Atlantic networks and narratives, ideas and influences, which shaped Protestant communalism across two centuries of early modernity.

 

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Philip Lockley has taught history and theology at the University of Oxford, UK, where he has been British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, and College Lecturer in Theology, Trinity College, Oxford.

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“Protestant Communalism in the Trans-Atlantic World turns that assumption on its head, exploring in considerable detail the Europeanness of the communal experiments. … what is included here is excellent scholarship, skillfully presented. All in all, Protestant Communalism in the Trans-Atlantic World does an admirable job.” (Timothy Miller, Reading Religion, readingreligion.org, September, 2017)


“This enterprising collection extends our understanding of the social and communal implications of radical Protestant Christianity on both sides of the Atlantic. Lockley's essayists fascinatingly reconstruct the intellectual and theological connections between Britain, Germany and what is now the USA, uniting assorted idealisms which range from Pietist monasticism to the Mormons.” (Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, University of Oxford, UK)

“Through meticulous research across many archives, this superb set of essays firmly establishes the transatlantic nature of Protestant Communal groups - like the Shakers, the Harmony Society and even the Mormons - that have so often been seen as ‘all-American’. This is a fascinating book that makes a significant contribution to the study of early modern and modern religion as well as communal studies.” (Jane Shaw, Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-8

    Lockley, Philip

  • Mapping Protestant Communalism, 1650–1850

    Pages 9-38

    Lockley, Philip

  • The Ephrata Community in the Atlantic World

    Pages 39-66

    Bach, Jeff

  • Believers in Two Worlds: Lives of the English Shakers in England and America

    Pages 67-103

    Goodwillie, Christian

  • The Harmony Society in Württemberg, Pennsylvania and Indiana

    Pages 105-131

    Ehmer, Hermann

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Protestant Communalism in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1650–1850
Editors
  • Philip Lockley
Series Title
Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48487-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48487-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-69487-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 230
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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