'A significant contribution to the growing body of literature on central Europe's Catholic resurgence in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries... The Counter-Reformation in Central Europe is a superb political microstudy. Pörtner has pulled together the various strands of a complicated narrative and tells a compelling story... Pörtner's monograph is one of the most insightful analyses of Counter-Reformation politics that has appeared in the past decade.' -English Historical ReviewThis is a detailed and scholarly account of religious belief and conflict in the strategically important province of Inner Austria between 1580 and 1630. Dr Pörtner analyses the aims, achievements, and shortcomings of the Habsburgs' confessional crusade in Styria, showing how although the progress of Protestantization was reversed, the Counter-Reformation left an ambivalent legacy to the modern Austrian state.