The Introduction emphasizes the interdisciplinary focus of this work, namely to present a cultural, intellectual and social history of the German Benedictines during the 18th century. Moreover, it shows that in the 18th century the Benedictines increasingly imitated the scholarly achievements of their French brethren in St. Maur, which led to the beginning of a reform process within the monastic houses. The questions of what an enlightened monastery looked like, of how many monks were followers of the Enlightenment process and of anti-Enlightenment within monastic communities are also discussed.
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