Political, social, economic, and cultural history from the late Renaissance to the Peace of Westphalia.
This course explores European history from the early fifteenth through the mid seventeenth centuries, a period often referred to as "Early Modern," yet also associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Emphasizing political, social, and especially cultural developments, it investigates the changes and continuities of an age that witnessed the revival of classical learning and visual culture, the exploration of new and distant geographic worlds, and the reformation of religion. This course places a strong emphasis on reading primary sources and understanding ideas in their historical contexts, with the ultimate goal of offering students a better understanding of the emergence of "modernity" in Europe.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures and discussion.
This is an upper-level introductory course. There are no prerequisites as such, yet a general familiarity with the period will be helpful.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly readings and discussion section; three written assignments; midterm and final examination.
Weekly participation, written assignments, midterm examination, final examination