The Disciplinary Revolution Calvinism and the Rise of the State in Early Modern Europe
by Philip S. Gorski
University of Chicago Press, 2003
Cloth: 978-0-226-30483-0 | Paper: 978-0-226-30484-7 | Electronic: 978-0-226-30486-1
ABOUT THIS BOOKAUTHOR BIOGRAPHYTABLE OF CONTENTS

ABOUT THIS BOOK

What explains the rapid growth of state power in early modern Europe? While most scholars have pointed to the impact of military or capitalist revolutions, Philip S. Gorski argues instead for the importance of a disciplinary revolution unleashed by the Reformation. By refining and diffusing a variety of disciplinary techniques and strategies, such as communal surveillance, control through incarceration, and bureaucratic office-holding, Calvin and his followers created an infrastructure of religious governance and social control that served as a model for the rest of Europe—and the world.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Philip S. Gorski is an associate professor of sociology and director of the Max and Marianne Weber Center for Comparative Social Analysis at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is coauthor of The German Left: Red, Green, and Beyond.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Body and Soul: Calvinism, Discipline, and State Power in Early Modern Europe

2. Disciplinary Revolution from Below in the Low Countries

3. Disciplinary Revolution from Above in Brandenburg-Prussia

4. Social Disciplining in Comparative Perspective

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index