The course analyzes the interaction between politics, religion, and society in the period from 1450 to 1680. It examines the erosion of authority of the Catholic Church and the growing centralization of power in the European states. Besides reading works by Machiavelli, Erasmus, Luther, and Calvin, the class will read several case studies of divorce and witchcraft to examine the intersection of state control and daily life.
Triad: History/Political Science
Prerequisite: Freshmen are admitted only with permission of instructor.