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Progressive Protestants

Title: Progressive Protestants: Representation and Remembrance in France, 1685-1815.
Name(s): Banks, Bryan, author
McMahon, Darrin M., professor directing dissertation
Porterfield, Amanda, 1947, university representative
Blaufarb, Rafe, committee member
Williamson, George S., committee member
Dupuigrenet Desroussilles, François, 1953-, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of History, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (232 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This dissertation examines representations of Protestantism during a crucial period of legal persecution initiated by Louis XIV's Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1685) and concluded during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era. Drawing on a vast variety of printed sources by Enlightenment writers, social reformers, priests, pastors, revolutionaries, and even Napoleon Bonaparte, this dissertation examines the versatile and fungible nature of Protestantism in the wake of the Revocation. Consideration of Protestantism permitted the exploration of a variety of pressing issues, including the role of religion in society, the perfectibility of human nature, the characteristics of an ideal citizen, secularism, pluralism, and human rights. This study of representations of Protestants in France during the long eighteenth century-- by both Protestants and non-Protestants -- offers new insights on the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Era, and the history of Protestantism in general. It crosses traditional chronological boundaries, building off of the latest historical scholarship and cultural theory, to argue that an understanding of modern, progressive Protestantism emerged over the course of the eighteenth century, alongside and intertwined with the more secular minded doctrines normally associated with the Enlightenment, culminating in the nineteenth century understanding of liberal, progressive Protestantism. As such, this dissertation argues that Protestantism became attached to and helped shape modern ideals like commercial economics, democracy, republicanism, freedom of conscience, liberalism, progress, and the idea of modernity itself.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9136 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: October 3, 2014.
Keywords: Enlightenment, French Revolution, Protestantism, Religion
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Darrin M. McMahon, Professor Directing Dissertation; Rafe Blaufarb, Committee Member; George S. Williamson, Committee Member; François Dupuigrenet-Desroussilles, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Europe -- History
Religions -- History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Banks, B. (2014). Progressive Protestants: Representation and Remembrance in France, 1685-1815. Retrieved from