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Apocalyptic languages in the political imaginary of early modernity, 1530-1700

Grant number: 14/18183-7
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: January 01, 2015 - December 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Modern and Contemporary History
Principal Investigator:Rui Luis Rodrigues
Grantee:Rui Luis Rodrigues
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This research project will seek to investigate how religious languages of apocalyptic bias, disseminated not only in specifically religious publications, but also in texts of political propaganda and diplomatic reports, were used to interpret events of great significance to the early modern European societies, like the wars of religion in France and the Thirty Years War itself. The choice of these languages has been attributed to the deep insecurity environment, introduced by confessional conflicts and by the breakup of western religious unity itself. At the same time, its use was always stigmatized by opponents as a characteristic of "marginal" groups only; even historiography not infrequently allowed itself to carry out this label. Our hypothesis sees a much deeper relationship between such languages (and the mental constructs linked to them) and the notion of respublica Christiana, who dominated the social and political imaginary of the West throughout the medieval period. In this apocalyptic imaginary we will find not a refusal to covenants and typical commitents of respublica Christiana, but efforts to recreate this ancient structure within the new social and political relations posed by early modernity. Our investigation will seek to probe how, in the clash between the old mental structures and new configurations of social and political order, such yearnings of apocalyptic nature played a key role in the articulation of the modern political imaginary. (AU)

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
RODRIGUES, RUI LUIS. Confessionalization processes and their importance to the understanding of Western History in the Early Modern period (1530-1650). TEMPO-NITEROI, v. 23, n. 1 JAN-APR 2017. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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