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PIPE Workshop: Anna Grzymala-Busse, Stanford
Tilly goes to Church: the Medieval and Religious Roots of European State Formation

Medieval religious rivalry fundamentally shaped European state formation. The single most powerful challenger to kings and emperors in the Middle Ages was the Catholic Church. To protect its interests and ensure its autonomy, the papacy deliberately fragmented medieval Europe, influenced the adoption of new state institutions, and developed novel concepts of secular sovereignty long before Westphalia. These patterns defy the canonical ”bellicist” accounts, which focus on secular conflict in the early modern period, view fragmentation as exogenous, institutional development as incidental, and state sovereignty as a modern result of these struggles. The roots of European state formation are thus far older, religious, and more deliberate than the literature has often assumed.

The discussant will be Jared Rubin from Chapman University.

Anna Grzymala-Busse is a professor at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the historical development of the state and its transformation, political parties, religion and politics, and post-communist politics.

SPECIAL NOTICE: This event will be live closed captioned, in some instances using AI technologies and, therefore, may not be fully accurate. It is requested that individuals requiring auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify Anne Johnson, bedrosian.center@usc.edu, no later than 72 hours in advance of event. Upon request, a full transcript is available after the event by emailing bedrosian.center@usc.edu. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.

Oct 26, 2021 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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