Friars, Nobles and Burghers--Sermons, Images and Prints: Studies of Culture and Society in Early-Modern Europe, in Memoriam Istvaan Gyeorgy Taoth

Friars, Nobles and Burghers--Sermons, Images and Prints: Studies of Culture and Society in Early-Modern Europe, in Memoriam Istvaan Gyeorgy Taoth

Friars, Nobles and Burghers--Sermons, Images and Prints: Studies of Culture and Society in Early-Modern Europe, in Memoriam Istvaan Gyeorgy Taoth

Friars, Nobles and Burghers--Sermons, Images and Prints: Studies of Culture and Society in Early-Modern Europe, in Memoriam Istvaan Gyeorgy Taoth

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This volume pays tribute to the achievement and personality of Istvn Gyrgy Tth.

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Jaroslav Miller–László Kontler

The idea of this commemorative volume in honor of the late István György Tóth originates with some of his former doctoral students at Central European University. They were, however, soon joined by an impressive international community of scholars, István's colleagues and friends, who voiced their enthusiasm for and interest in the project. the essays assembled in the volume address issues and themes that occupied a central place in Tóth's own studies. the editors believe that this, by itself, provides the volume with a certain degree of coherence. Tóth's oeuvre ranges (in a rough chronological sequence of the appearance of these themes in his personal bibliography) from the microscopic society of the earlymodern manor, through the ability to read and write among persons of different status both in such societies and in society at large; then through so many other aspects of everyday life and practices including consumption patterns, time measurement, dress, sexuality and personal hygiene; and finally confessional life, in particular inter-confessional interaction and transfers at the “frontiers of faith,” and as it can be approached through the lens of missionary activity, in which all of the previously mentioned themes obtain special meaning. the theoretical and methodological issues which these topics raise point well beyond the thematic and chronological confines of Tóth's own research and place it in broad comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. It is an oeuvre that, through the integrity as well as the versatility of its author, has brilliantly shown us the unity emerging from the diversity of early-modern social and cultural life. the same is attempted in the present collection.

In search of an all-embracing consensual definition of culture, Peter Burke once published a list of the most relevant scholarly works in the field of cultural history since the nineteenth century. While the classic

Peter Burke, What Is Cultural History? (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

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