In your opinion, how did the Protestant Reformation change how Western European empires operated?

In chapter 7, Burbank and Cooper argue that “Both [the Russian and Chinese] imperial systems developed flexible ideologies that differed fundamentally from the unifying religious projects of Catholic and Protestant empires.”  Write a discussion response below that addresses this claim, referring to the primary sources from the Module as well.  How did religion and philosophy influence these empires while at the same time embracing more religious differences than their Western European counterparts?  How was this strategy advantageous for the Russians and Chinese? Why? 

In your opinion, how did the Protestant Reformation change how Western European empires operated? 

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