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date: 24 February 2020

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This chapter considers the dynamic geography of Protestant Europe. It analyzes attempts to map the impact of Protestantism across the Continent, highlighting the difficulty of presenting any sort of reliable depiction of the complex ways in which Protestant and Catholic societies divided and shared space in Europe. It examines the relationship between Protestant confessional frontiers and state borders. It also considers key factors that help to explain the spread and extent of Protestantism focusing on the role of towns and of linguistic affinity. It concludes by referencing a text on traveling across Europe on the outbreak of the Thirty Years War to reflect on the spatial imagination of Protestants.

Keywords: maps, borders, towns, pluralism, Palatinate, Bohemia, Geneva, Hungary, Transylvania

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