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Brian P. Levack

Professor Ph.D., 1970, Yale University

Professor; John E. Green Regents Professor in History; Distinguished Teaching Professor
Brian P. Levack

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Biography

Research interests

He is currently studying the development of trust in public institutions in early modern Britain and America.

Courses taught

Early modern Britain, the history of witchcraft, the history of political thought, and comparative legal systems.

Awards/Honors

Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, 2011; Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 2004; Scholar in Residence, Frances Lewis Law Center, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1994; Raymond Dickson Teaching Fellowship, 1989; President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award, 1985; Liberal Arts Council Teaching Award, 1984; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1975-6


EUS 346 • Tudor England, 1485-1603

36740 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm UTC 3.112
(also listed as HIS 375K )
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This lecture course explores the most significant political, religious, social, economic and cultural developments in sixteenth-century England. The main themes of the course are the development of the modern state, the Protestant Reformation, the emergence of a capitalist society, and the growth of political and religious divisions during the reigns of Queen Mary I (1553-1558) and Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). The lectures are topical and therefore do not follow a strict chronological order.

Required Reading:

 

Roger Lockyer, Tudor and Stuart Britain, 1485-1714 (3rd ed., Longman)

Christopher Haigh, English Reformations  (Oxford)

Thomas More, Utopia, trans. & ed. R. Adams and George Logan (3nd ed.)           (Norton)

            Colin Martin and Geoffrey Parker, The Spanish Armada (rev. ed. Manchester)

 Examinations

There will be three 75-minute exams and a take-home final. The first 75-minute exam will be held on Thursday, September 26, and will cover the following material:

             Lectures 1-8

             Lockyer, Tudor and Stuart Britain, chapters 1-4

             Haigh, English Reformations, pp. 1-167.

             Documents posted on Blackboard

 

The second 75-minute exam will be held on Tuesday, October 29, and will cover the following material:

             Lectures 9-16

             Lockyer, Tudor and Stuart Britain, Chapter 6

   More, Utopia, and essays by Seebohm, Kautsky, Chambers, Hexter, Fox, and           Lewis

 

The third 75-minute exam will be held on Thursday, December 5 and will cover the following material:

             Lectures 17-25

             Lockyer, Tudor and Stuart Britain, chapters 5, 7-10.

             Haigh, English Reformations, pp. 168-295.     

                                                    

            Martin and Parker, The Spanish Armada

          

Each of the first exams will consist of six or seven short essay questions, of which you must answer five (10 points each), and one longer essay question (50 points). The essay question will be selected from a set of three or four questions that will be distributed in advance. The grade for each of the 75-minute exams will count for roughly 25% of the course grade.

 

Final grades of B+ (85-89), C+ (75-79) and D+ (65-69) will be given in this course, but no minus grades will be given.

 

EUS 346 • Stuart England, 1603-1689

36470 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm UTC 3.134
(also listed as HIS 375L )
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These courses cover the topics of European Anthropology, Geography, History, and Sociology

EUS 346 • Tudor England, 1485-1603

36440 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm WAG 201
(also listed as HIS 375K )
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These courses cover the topics of European Anthropology, Geography, History, and Sociology

EUS 346 • Tudor England, 1485-1603

36297 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm WAG 201
(also listed as HIS 375K )
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These courses cover the topics of European Anthropology, Geography, History, and Sociology

Publications

Books Authored and Edited

Books authored: 

The Civil Lawyers in England, 1603-1641: A Political Study.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1973. 311 pp.

The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe. London: Longman, 1987, pp.  267; 2nd ed. 1995, 297 pp.; 3rd ed. 2006, 344 pp.

The Formation of the British State: England, Scotland and the Union, 1603-1707. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987, 1991. 260 pp.

Witchcraft and Magic in Europe:  The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries  (with Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra and Roy Porter). [The Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, vol. 5. Edited by Stuart Clark and Bengt Ankarloo.] London: Athlone Press and Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania  Press, 1999. Pp. 1-93.

The West: Encounters and Transformations 
(with Edward Muir, Michael Maas, and Meredith Veldman). New York: Pearson Longman, 2004. 2nd edition 2006. 3rd edition 2010.

Witch-Hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics and Religion.
London: Routledge, 2008. 217 pp.

Books edited:

The Jacobean Union: Six Tracts of 1604. Co-edited with Bruce Galloway. Edinburgh: Scottish History Society, 1985. lxxx + 268 pp.

Articles on Witchcraft, Magic and Demonology: A Twelve-Volume Anthology of Scholarly Articles. New York: Garland Press, 1992.

New Perspectives on Witchcraft, Magic and Demonology: A Six-Volume Anthology of Articles. New York: Routledge, 2001.
 
The Witchcraft Sourcebook. New York and London: Routledge, 2004. 348 pp.

 

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