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Catholic Europe, 1592–1648Centre and Peripheries$
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Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272723

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272723.001.0001

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Conclusion—Centre and Peripheries

Conclusion—Centre and Peripheries

(p.213) 6 Conclusion—Centre and Peripheries
Catholic Europe, 1592–1648

Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the importance of the mid-seventeenth century in terms of determining confessional borders in Europe. In the period under review in the book, the papacy had been driven by the hope that the effects of the Reformation in Europe might eventually be reversed through processes of internal reform and war by Catholic powers. The Peace of Westphalia, however, largely undermined this sense of possibility. In other peripheral societies of Europe also the mid-seventeenth century was an important turning point with regard to the Catholic communities. This chapter examines the nature of the relationship between the centre and peripheries of Catholic Europe, outlining some key areas of difference but also the profound sense of attachment. It argues that papal interaction with the wider world of Catholic Europe during the period under review was both wide ranging and simultaneously narrow in its focus.

Keywords:   Westphalia, Cromwellian conquest of Ireland, Chmielnicki rebellion, papal nuncios, providentialism, Roman curia

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