Pious Pursuits: German Moravians in the Atlantic World (European Expansion & Global Interaction)

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9781845453398: Pious Pursuits: German Moravians in the Atlantic World (European Expansion & Global Interaction)
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Recent work on the history of migration and the Atlantic World has underscored the importance of the political economies of Europe, Africa, and the Americas in the eighteenth century, emphasizing the impact of these exchanges on political relations and state-building, and on economic structures, commerce, and wealth. Too little of this work explores culture and identity outside the Anglo-American context, especially as reflected through religious developments of radical Pietists and other Germans, the second largest group of migrants to the American colonies in the eighteenth century.

This volume offers a fresh vantage point from which to examine the Atlantic World. Quick to traverse the conventional political boundaries that divided European states and American colonies, Moravians departed their homeland to form new congregations in the most cosmopolitan European cities as well as on the North American frontier. Pious Pursuits explores the lives and beliefs of Atlantic World Moravians, as well as their communities and culture, and it provides a new framework for analysis of the Atlantic World that is comparative and transnational.

Michele Gillespie is Kahle Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, and is the author of numerous publications including Free Labor in a Free World: White Artisans in Slaveholding Georgia, 1790-1860.

Robert Beachy is Associate Professor of History at Goucher College. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and is the author of The Soul of Commerce: Credit, Property, and Politics in Leipzig, 1750-1840. His current book project is Berlin: Gay Metropolis, 1860-1933.

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Michele Gillespie received her Ph.D. in History from Princeton University in 1990. She taught at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta before joining the faculty at Wake Forest University in 1999. She was made Kahle Family Associate Professor of History in 2003. She has published Free Labor in an Unfree World: White Artisans in Slaveholding Georgia, 1789-1860, which won the Malcolm and Muriel Bell Award for the Most Distinguished Book in Georgia History in 2001. She co-edited several books and many articles on the American South with a particular focus on women and is president-elect of The Southern Association for Women Historians and is on the Board of Editors for The Journal of Southern History.

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