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Cambridge Modern History, Volume 02, The Reformation

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The Cambridge Modern History, Volume 02, The Reformation offers a comprehensive and detailed look at one of the most significant periods in European history. The book covers a wide range of topics related to the Reformation, including the religious, political, and social changes that took place during this time.

The authors do an excellent job of providing a thorough examination of the key events, figures, and ideas of the Reformation. They offer insightful analysis and present complex ideas in a clear and accessible manner. Additionally, the inclusion of maps, timelines, and other visual aids helps readers to better understand the various movements and developments that occurred during the Reformation.

One of the strengths of this book is its balanced approach to the subject matter. While the authors clearly have their own perspectives and interpretations of the Reformation, they also present multiple viewpoints and consider the historical context in which events unfolded. This allows readers to form their own opinions and conclusions about this pivotal period in history.

Overall, The Reformation is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about this important chapter in European history. It is well-researched, well-written, and provides a comprehensive overview of the Reformation and its lasting impact on Western civilization.

Book Description:
The Cambridge Modern History is a universal history covering the period from 1450 to 1910. It was published in 14 volumes between 1902 and 1912. The series was planned by Lord Acton, who intended it to be a monument of objective, collaborative scholarship, and edited by A.W. Ward, G. W. Prothero and Stanley Leathes.

From the preface: "In accordance with the scheme of the Cambridge Modern History, this volume takes as its main subject a great movement, the Reformation, and follows the theme to a fitting close in its several divisions. . . In this period the scene of principal interest shifts from Italy to Germany and Central Europe. Geneva, very nearly the geographical centre of civilised Europe at the time, becomes also the focus of its most potent religious thought, supported by her like-minded neighbours, Zurich, Strassburg, Basel, and the free imperial cities of southern Germany. As the scene shifts, the main stream of European life broadens out and embraces more distant countries, Scotland, Scandinavia, Poland. The Turkish danger, though still a grave preoccupation to the rulers of eastern Europe, had been checked; and limits had been set to the Ottoman advance." - Summary by Kazbek

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