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Persecution and Toleration

Persecution and Toleration
The Long Road to Religious Freedom

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  • Publication planned for: May 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108425025

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  • Religious freedom has become an emblematic value in the West. Embedded in constitutions and championed by politicians and thinkers across the political spectrum, it is to many an absolute value, something beyond question. Yet how it emerged, and why, remains widely misunderstood. Tracing the history of religious persecution from the Fall of Rome to the present-day, Noel Johnson and Mark Koyama provide a novel explanation of the birth of religious liberty. This book treats the subject in an integrative way by combining economic reasoning with historical evidence from medieval and early modern Europe. The authors elucidate the economic and political incentives that shaped the actions of political leaders during periods of state building and economic growth.

    • Presents a novel explanation of the rise of religious freedom
    • Readers will understand how modern western societies came to treat religious diversity differently than pre-modern societies
    • Discusses the foundations of liberal societies in a manner accessible to a popular audience
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    • Publication planned for: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108425025
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1 Toleration, Persecution, and State Capacity
    I. Conditional Toleration:
    2 Religion and the State in the Premodern World
    3. Why Do States Persecute?
    4. Jewish Communities, Conditional Toleration, and Rent-Seeking
    5. Climatic Shocks and Persecutions
    6. The Shock of the Black Death
    II. The Origins of Religious Freedom:
    7. State Building and the Reformation
    8. The Inquisition and the Establishment of Religious Homogeneity in Spain
    9. From Confessionalization to Toleration and then to Religious Liberty
    10. From Persecution to Emancipation
    III. Implications of Greater Religious Liberty:
    11. The Persecution of Witchcraft
    12. Religious Minorities and Economic Growth
    13. The Emergence of Modern States, Religious Freedom, and Modern Economic Growth
    14. Applying Our Argument to the Rest of the World
    15. Modern States, Liberalism, and Religious Freedom
    16. Conclusions.

  • Authors

    Noel D. Johnson, George Mason University, Virginia
    Noel Johnson is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center.

    Mark Koyama, George Mason University, Virginia
    Mark Koyama is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University and a Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center. He was a 2017-2018 National Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

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