Andrew Kloes


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A talk by Andrew Kloes, recipient of the Dale W. Brown Book Award for The German Awakening: Protestant Renewal After the Enlightenment, 1815-1848 (Oxford University Press, 2019). Historians of modern German culture and church history use “the Awakening movement” to describe a period in the history of German Protestantism between the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the Revolution of 1848. Theologically, awakened Protestants affirmed religious beliefs that Protestants had professed since the Reformation; however, they were also distinctly modern. Their efforts to spread their religious beliefs were successful because of the new political freedoms and economic opportunities that the Enlightenment had introduced. Adapting Protestantism to modern society in these ways was the most original and innovative aspect of the Awakening movement. Kloes is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has contributed articles on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European religious history to academic journals, including the Harvard Theological Review and Pietismus und Neuzeit. He received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh and works as a historian in Washington, DC.