By William A. Pelz
alongside the way in which, William A. Pelz examines the German peasant wars of Thomas Müntzer, the bourgeoisie revolutions of the eighteenth century, the increase of the economic employee in England, the turbulent trip of the Russian Soviets, the position of the ecu operating type during the chilly struggle, and the progressive scholars in 1968. He then brings his tale to the current day, the place we proceed to struggle to forge an alternative choice to a heartless and sometimes barbaric monetary system.
As Germany and Greece argue over who owes what, with the very proposal of Europe crumbling round them, Pelz’s obtainable, provocative historical past couldn't be timelier. bound to resonate with enthusiasts of books like Howard Zinn’s A People’s background of the United States, this people’s historical past sweeps away the drained platitudes of the privileged and offers a chance to appreciate the tale of Europe from the floor up.
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44 Soon, there arose a new class of men who would directly profit by purchasing Church holdings from King Henry. By participating in what Rome called “the rape of Mother Church,” these people would tie themselves to the fortunes of the Tudor project. 46 The upheaval caused by the Reformation led to increased possibilities, or what might even be considered freedoms, for common Europeans. At the same time, the shock waves of social change threatened those of the established order who often looked for a scapegoat.
In Central Europe, the end of the Thirty Years War17 led to the revival of the southern German economy. This in turn caused economic distress among the Swiss, notably among the peasantry. The decline in exports and a devastation of the currency conspired with growing hostility towards the concentration of urban power to produce the Swiss peasants’ war in 1653. From the rural population, armies were created, and a representative assembly gathered on February 10, 1653. The idea of having representative gatherings was far from unknown during the medieval period.
The list of prominent figures in the Reformation could go on for some time but our main points lie elsewhere. Entire forests have been leveled to produce the paper needed to recount the story above, in vast and often bewildering detail. What these mountains of books, articles and essays often overlook is that the Reformation was a process, not an event. Most importantly, it was far more than an argument over who got to drink wine at Sunday mass or other aspects of Christian praxis/practice and liturgy.
A People’s History of Modern Europe by William A. Pelz