Universität Erfurt

Projekt von Dr. Eva Hajdinová

The Pietism and the Millenarian Phenomenon. Eschatological Expectations in the Exiled Bohemian non-Catholics Communities in the Late 17th and 18th Centuries

By using a comparative perspective and the concept of cultural transfer, the presented project focuses on the eschatological expectations in the area of Bohemian non-Catholics exile colonies as well as in their homeland in the late 17th and 18th centuries in relation to millenarian prophecies in the area of Protestant German lands. The declining piety of the Bohemian clandestine non-Catholics was regularly revived in popular prodigies and bellicose apocalyptical visions, in the case of exile communities, the later influence (18th century) of German “Pietist” millenarianism cannot be completely excluded as well. It is therefore worth to examine the networks of relations between different dissident groups, the circulation of texts and the divulgation of ideas. The project aims to analyze the forms of religious sociability which contributed to the formation and transmission of eschatological ideas as well as to study the subversion of religious, social, or even political order by these prophets and the relevant public discourse about these disturbances. Besides the pertinent sources available in the Forschungsbibliothek and the Thüringische Staatsarchiv Gotha further important material for the project can be found in the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, the Archiv der Franckeschen Stiftungen in Halle or the Geheime Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin. At last, the Akta Braci Czeska in the State archives Poznan and the Acts of different communities in Archiwum Państwowe in Wrocław could also reveal interesting information.

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