Mulsow, Martin, and Rohls, Jan (eds.), Socinianism and Arminianism: Antitrinitarians, Calvinists and Cultural Exchange in Seventeenth-Century Europe , Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History, 134 (Leiden: Brill, 2005), 306 pp., € 103.00, ISBN 9 004 14715 2. The eleven essays collected in this volume seek to explore the transfor- mations Socinianism underwent in various corners of Europe during the long seventeenth century. The term Socinianism goes back to two Sienese religious teachers, Laelius Socinus (1525-1562) and his nephew Faustus Socinus (1539-1604). They were the founders of a religious movement with anti-Trinitarian views which ﬂ ourished in particular in Poland in the ﬁ rst half of the seventeenth century, until it was ﬁ nally banned in 1638. The collection under review constitutes the proceedings of a sym- posium on ‘Socinianism and Cultural Exchange’ held at the Ludwig- Maximilian University in Munich in 2003. In fact, the book itself presents an admirable version of cultural exchange, with an impressive, inter- disciplinary team of contributors from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The book is divided into ﬁ ve rather uneven sections, largely geo- graphically arranged. The ‘Introduction’ section, taking up nearly eighty pages, is not a general
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