Theologenbriefwechsel im Südwesten des Reichs in der Frühen Neuzeit (1550-1620)

During the second half of the 16th century three models of the Reformation (“oberdeutsch”, lutherian, reformed) evolved in Strasbourg, Württemberg (Tübingen) and the Electoral Palatinate (Heidelberg). They strongly influenced each other but also reinforced their delimitation. The research project aims to utilise the historical source “letter” (as well as documents of dedication, reports and reviews which are similar to letters) due to the research of the motives and mechanisms of confessionalisation and their consequences in the early modern period. One of the central questions in the historiography of the early modern period research is the more exact determination of the relations between secularization and confessionalisation. This is as central to the interpretation of the genesis of the western civilisation as it is to the present question to the role of religion in public. The project’s assignment is the indexing, analysis and partial edition of letters from the protestant theologians in the southwest of the Holy Roman Empire between the Peace of Augsburg and the Thirty Years' War. The Corpus includes approx. 35.000 letters from 100 persons. To master this huge amount of sources the major part will just be indexed rudimentarily and another part will be a reproduction of the handwritten source. A limited amount will be offered in a transcribed version. The 1000 most important letters will be edited and commented.


  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Strohm (Project Leader)
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Sebastian Zwies M.A.

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