War and Religion After Westphalia 1648-1713

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David Onnekink
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - History - 290 pages
Many historians consider the Peace of Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Years' War in 1648, to mark a watershed in European international relations. It is generally agreed that Westphalia brought to an end more than a century of religious conflicts and marked the beginning of a new era in which secular power politics was the prime motivating factor in international relations and warfare. The purpose of this volume is to question this assumption and reconceptualise the relationship between war, foreign policy and religion during the period 1648 to 1713. Some of the contributions to the volume directly challenge the idea that religion ceased to play a role in war and foreign policy. Others confirm the traditional view that religion did not play a dominant role after 1648, but seek to re-evaluate its significance and thereby redefine religious influences on policy in this period. By exploring this issue from various perspectives, the volume offers a unique opportunity to reassess the influence of religion in international politics. It also yields deeper insights into concepts of secularisation, and complements the research of many social and cultural historians who have begun to challenge the idea of a decline in the influence of religion in domestic politics and society. By matching the relationship between conflict and religion with this scholarship a more nuanced appreciation of the European situation begins to emerge.
 

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Contents

The Dark Alliance between Religion and War
1
Louis XIVs Religious Policy and his Guerre de Hollande
17
2 The Role of Religion in Spanish Foreign Policy in the Reign of Carlos IIII 16651700
25
Remodelling a Religious Foreign Policy
47
4 The Last War of Religion? The Dutch and the Nine Years War
69
The Views of Three English Diplomats
89
The Army the Navy and Providence in the Conduct of Warfare 16881713
103
7 Schomberg Miremont and Huguenot Invasions of France
121
Manifestos Policy Documents and Prayer Days in the Dutch Republic 16721713
155
Roger Morrices Perception of European Politics in the 1680s
177
War Peace and Religion in the Political Rhetoric of the United Provinces 16481672
197
Religious Themes in Dutch Pamphlets on England 16881689
217
Conclusion
251
Index
255
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