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CfP: Rethinking the work ethic in early modern Europe

Past scholarship has often located the rise of the work ethic in the context of the Reformation, a connection that is now increasingly discarded. The cult of diligence shown by intellectuals in early modern Europe was certainly not just a product of the different Protestant movements; it was a much wider and complex phenomenon that can only be correctly understood if one considers its precise forms and social contexts. In other words: who were the people who promoted this new type of hard work and how could their values gain legitimacy?