In the late 1520s persecution drove many Anabaptists to Moravia where, throughout the sixteenth century, they continued the commoners' resistance to privilege in church and state. Stayer argues that in Munster, however, where there had been no Peasants' War and where urban notables were prominent in the Anabaptist leadership, Anabaptist communism was badly corrupted. The historical continuities which Stayer establishes between the Peasants' War and Anabaptism in Switzerland, south Germany, and Moravia can in part explain this contrast.
James M. Stayer is Professor of History, Queen's University.
Part 1 The peasants' war - three essays: the Peasants' war seen through the prism of current historiography; the radicalization of the social gospel of the reformation; Anabaptists and future anabaptists in the peasants' war. Part 2 Anabaptist community of goods: the Swiss brethren and acts 4 - a rule of sharing and a rule against exploitation; the anti-materialistic piety of Thomas Muntzer and its anabaptist expressions; Anabaptist Munster, 1534-1535: the war communism of the notables; Anabaptist Moravia, 1520-1622: communitarian christianity in one country.