Religion, revolution, and the dangers of demagogues: The Basel “Troubles” (Wirren) and the politics of Protestantism, 1830–1833

Zachary Purvis

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Abstract

In 1833, the Swiss city-republic of Basel separated into two distinct cantons. During the three-year period known as the “Troubles” (Wirren), landowners in the countryside, inspired by the French July Revolution of 1830, rebelled against the city government. The roots of the division, however, run deeper in Basel's religious and theological culture and also reflect the outgrowth of the German Confederation's “persecution of demagogues.” This article examines these neglected aspects of the cantonal division, showing the importance of Christianity, and the complex politics of Protestantism, in Europe's revolutionary century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-439
Number of pages31
JournalChurch History: Studies in Christianity and Culture
Volume88
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2019

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