HIS 343 • The Age of Reformation
This course focuses on the religious, cultural and intellectual history of Europe from approximately 1450 to 1650, a period which spelled an end to the illusory vision of a unified Christian Europe. Economic and political developments will be discussed as they relate to the primary focus of religious transformation in Europe. We will examine pre-Reformation piety, humanism, the question of the prevalence of ecclesiastical abuses, the indulgence crisis, the content and alleged novelty of the new theology, the urban reformation, popular religion, social disciplining, the acquisition of religious identity, treatment of minority confessions and religions, confessional consolidation, and the reasons for the emergence of religious tolerance. Emphasis is on Western Europe (England, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland) but some discussion will be devoted to other areas as well. Particular attention will be paid to how the Reformation impacted worship and church life. Familiarity with the general features of European history in the period (as provided in History 309K or 309L) is assumed.
Grad students should register for HIS 382T and plan to attend a weekly historiography discussion.
2-3 exams and 1 long research paper on a primary source to be decided.
Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ Erasmus, Praise of Folly and Other Works (Norton Critical Edition) Martin Luther, Three Treatises Jeffrey R. Watt, The Long Reformation Lu Ann Homza, The Spanish Inquisition Ignatius Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises Steven Ozment, Age of Reform John Calvin, Concerning the Eternal Predestination of the Will Internet/electronic reserves readings