Reformation and the Practice of Toleration

Dutch Religious History in the Early Modern Era


The Dutch Republic was the most religiously diverse land in early modern Europe, gaining an international reputation for toleration. In Reformation and the Practice of Toleration, Benjamin Kaplan explains why the Protestant Reformation had this outcome in the Netherlands and how people of different faiths managed subsequently to live together peacefully. Bringing together fourteen essays by the author, the book examines the opposition of so-called Libertines to the aspirations of Calvinist reformers for uniformity and discipline. It analyzes the practical arrangements by which multiple religious groups were accommodated. It traces the dynamics of religious life in Utrecht and other mixed communities. And it explores the relationships that developed between people of different faiths, especially in ‘mixed’ marriages.

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Biographical Note
Benjamin J. Kaplan (Ph.D. Harvard, 1989) holds the Chair in Dutch History at University College London. The author of several prize-winning books, he writes chiefly on the history of religious toleration in the Netherlands and elsewhere in early modern Europe.
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1 “Remnants of the Papal Yoke”: Apathy and Opposition in the Dutch Reformation
2 Hubert Duifhuis and the Nature of Dutch Libertinism
3 Dutch Particularism and the Calvinist Quest for “Holy Uniformity”
4 Confessionalism and Its Limits: Religion in Utrecht, 1600-1650
5 A Clash of Values: The Survival of Utrecht’s Confraternities After the Reformation and the Debate Over their Dissolution
6 Possessed by the Devil? A Very Public Dispute in Utrecht
7 Fictions of Privacy: House Chapels and the Spatial Accommodation of Religious Dissent in Early Modern Europe
8 “Dutch” Religious Tolerance: Celebration and Revision
9 Muslims in the Dutch Golden Age: Representations and Realities of Religious Toleration
10 “In Equality and Enjoying the Same Favour”: Biconfessionalism in the Low Countries
11 Religious Encounters in the Borderlands of Early Modern Europe: The Case of Vaals
12 “For They Will Turn Away Thy Sons”: The Practice and Perils of Mixed Marriage in the Dutch Golden Age
13 Integration vs. Segregation: Religiously Mixed Marriage and the “Verzuiling” Model of Dutch Society
14 Intimate Negotiations: Husbands and Wives of Opposing Faiths in Eighteenth-Century Holland
All interested in the religious history of the Netherlands in the 16th-18th centuries, including the Dutch Reformation, and anyone concerned with the history of religious toleration.
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