HIS 343 • THE AGE OF REFORMATION
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
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 course focus of religious transformation in Europe, which will be treated on the level of intellectual movements, theology, piety, and church polity. 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; however, relatively little emphasis falls on political history. 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.
Grading Policy 3 exams and 1 longer research paper (12 pp.) on an assigned topic.
Texts (provisional list) Martin Luther, Three Treatises Desiderius Erasmus, selections from In Praise of Folly and Julius Exclusus John Olin, ed. A Reformation Debate Peter Matheson, ed., Reformation Christianity Steven Ozment, The Age of Reform Bible (Excerptsany version is OK) 1 longer primary source, TBA (for research paper)