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Calvinism on the Frontier 1600–1660International Calvinism and the Reformed Church in Hungary and Transylvania$
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Graeme Murdock

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208594

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208594.001.0001

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Reforming Hungarian Education

Reforming Hungarian Education

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(p.77) 3 Reforming Hungarian Education
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Calvinism on the Frontier 1600–1660
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Graeme Murdock

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208594.003.0003

A central aim of the Hungarian reformation was to improve standards of education. Leading clergy in the Reformed church worked together with noble patrons and town authorities in determined efforts to improve local educational facilities. This process was significantly influenced by the presence of foreign Calvinist teachers, who attempted to bring about a further reformation of Hungarian society by renovating patterns of schooling in the region. A series of prominent Protestants moved eastward to teach at new Reformed schools in Hungary and Transylvania. Three foreigners in particular, Johann Heinrich Alsted, Johann Heinrich Bisterfeld, and Jan Amos Comenius, planned reforms to the structure of schools, textbooks, and teaching methods, within a philosophy that stressed the importance of education in achieving broader purposes of religious reform and social renewal. Alsted, Bisterfeld, and Comenius were not alone in trying to implement proposals for the reorganization of Hungarian Protestant schools, with native Reformed clergy also committed to the renovation of their church and society through educational reform.

Keywords:   Hungary, Transylvania, educational reform, clergy, Johann Heinrich Alsted, Johann Heinrich Bisterfeld, Jan Amos Comenius, Protestant schools, reformation, Reformed schools

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