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The Counter-Reformation in Central EuropeStyria 1580-1630$
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Regina Pörtner

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246151

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246151.001.0001

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The Limits of the Counter-Reformation

The Limits of the Counter-Reformation

(p.223) 7 The Limits of the Counter-Reformation
The Counter-Reformation in Central Europe

Regina Pörtner (Contributor Webpage)

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Ferdinand II successfully terminated a Counter-Reformation campaign that had received its first impetus from the meeting of Habsburg and Wittelsbach princes in Munich in October 1579, but which had failed to achieve its main objectives in the reign of Karl II. This chapter assesses the achievements and shortcomings of the Ferdinandean Counter-Reformation by looking at the confessional development from the general expulsion in 1628 to the abolition of religious persecution in 1780–1781. Particular attention is given to the activity of the protagonists of the process of confessional consolidation which roughly spanned the century from the Inner Austrian edict of emigration to the resumption of systematic persecution in 1731. The imperfections of the Catholic achievement are discussed as part of an analysis of the governmental and ecclesiastical response to the problem of crypto-Protestantism in the Austrian lands and Bohemia in the 18th century.

Keywords:   Ferdinand, Inner Austria, Counter-Reformation, Habsburg Monarchy, Protestantism, religious persecution, Catholic Church, Styria, confessional consolidation

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