The Long European Reformation: Religion, Political Conflict and the Search for Conformity, 1350-1750 (European History in Perspective).

Hartwick’s Wallace Pens Second Edition of Reformation Book

September 28, 2012

Hartwick College Professor of History Dr. Peter G. Wallace has recently released a second edition of his book, The Long European Reformation: Religion, Political Conflict and the Search for Conformity, 1350-1750 (European History in Perspective).

In his book, Wallace interweaves the Reformation with transformations of political institutions, socioeconomic structures, gender relations, and cultural values in early modern Europe. In approaching the European Reformation as a long-term process, Wallace argues that the classic 16th-century religious reforms proposed by Luther and others were only realized for most Christians after a long and bloody struggle.

"Most people associate the Reformation with Luther and his defiant stand against the Catholic Church highlighted by his hammering a list of theses - statements challenging Catholic practices - against a church door," said Wallace. "I argue that Luther's act was the culmination of a long debate among Catholic religious leaders about their faith and the Church. It also was the first act in a longer and often violent struggle to reform the Church and religious life that extended for another two centuries and left Europe religiously divided. Nevertheless, the Reformation did enrich faith in the Catholic Church and in the new religious communities identified with Luther and other reformers. It is a big story, but I try wherever possible to tell it through the personal perspectives of the historical actors."

Incorporating his latest research, the second edition of this book now features a new chapter on the Reformation and Islam, expanded discussion of gender issues, and a glossary. The second edition of the Long European Reformation... was released in England in September, 2012 and is scheduled to be released in the United States in October, 2012.

The book, published by Palgrave Macmillan, is currently available on

For additional information, contact Wallace at 607-431-4905 or

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