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Protestant Communalism in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1650–1850

  • Philip Lockley

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Introduction

This book explores the trans-Atlantic history of Protestant traditions of communalism – communities of shared property.

The sixteenth-century Reformation may have destroyed monasticism in northern Europe, but Protestant Christianity has not always denied common property. Between 1650 and 1850, a range of Protestant groups adopted communal goods, frequently after crossing the Atlantic to North America: the Ephrata community, the Shakers, the Harmony Society, the Community of True Inspiration, and others. Early Mormonism also developed with a communal dimension, challenging its surrounding Protestant culture of individualism and the free market. In a series of focussed and survey studies, this book recovers the trans-Atlantic networks and narratives, ideas and influences, which shaped Protestant communalism across two centuries of early modernity.

 

Keywords

Communalism millennialism Shakers early Mormonism Protestant monasticism

Editors and affiliations

  • Philip Lockley
    • 1
  1. 1.Trinity CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-48487-1
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-48486-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-48487-1
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