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COURSE TITLE: Renaissance and Reformation Europe, 1348-1648
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Richard Vaudry
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course deals with the breakdown of medieval Christendom and the emergence of the Renaissance and Reformation movements. It also deals with the major intellectual, political, social and economic developments until the end of Louis XIV's reign. Among the topics covered will be the age of "discovery," the wars of religion, the rise of absolutism, and the new state systems and cultures that emerged in early modern Europe.

Prerequisites: HIST 202 or 204
  • Jerry Brotton,  The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2006)
  • Peter Marshall, The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction, (Oxford, 2009)
Attendance and Participation 10%
Essay Proposal10%
Final Exam 30%
  • The breakdown of late medieval society
    • The Black Death
    • Late Medieval Church
      • Avignon Papacy
      • Great Schism
      • Conciliarism
      • Wycliffe and Hus
    • War
  • Renaissance in Italy
    • Global Renaissance
    • Italian City States
    • Humanism
      • Human nature
      • Education
      • Civic Humanism
    • Women and the Renaissance
    • Renaissance Art and Architecture
    • The Borgias and the Medici
  • Northern Renaissance
    • Printing, Books and the International Book Trade
    • Erasmus
  • The Atlantic World and the Renaissance
    • Spain and the Reconquista 
    • European Voyages of Discovery and the ‘Columbian Exchange’
  • Reformation and Counter Reformation
    • Luther and the Reformation in Germany
    • Zwingli and the Reformation in German Switzerland
    • Calvin
    • The Radical Reformation
    • Counter-Reformation
      • Loyola and the Jesuits
      • Council of Trent
      • Inquisition
      • Age of Baroque
    • Growth of French Protestantism and French Wars of Religion
    • The Low Countries
    • Reformation in Scandinavia
    • Cultural Effects of the Reformation
    • Thirty Years’ War

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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