Wars of Religion - Peace of Augsburg The terms set at the...

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Peace of Augsburg The terms set at the Peace of Augsburg signified a complete victory for the cause of Lutheranism and states rights. Each state of the empire received liberty to be either Lutheran or Catholic as it chose. No individual freedom of religion was permitted; if a ruler or a free city decided for Lutheranism, then all persons had to be Lutheranism. In 1555 had provided that in each state the government could prescribe the religion of its subjects. Calvinists had no rights under the Peace of Augsburg. The Peace of Westphalia recognized the internal sovereignty of each nation over its own religious affairs and ended hopes of European religious unity. It reduced the role of the papacy and the Holy Roman Empire. Europe was now not subject to wars over territory because religious issues could not motivate war. Peace of Westphalia Because of the Peace of Westphalia, modern international relations for the most part do not allow war because of religion, except for extremists, not
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