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Religion and Society in Modern Europe
COL 111
Fall 2008 not offered
Crosslisting: HIST 128, RELI 277

Through a series of case studies, we will examine the ways in which historians have sought to interpret the relationship between politics, faith, social forces, and violence in Europe between the close of the Middle Ages and the Enlightenment. Is it possible to conceive of, much less identify, "religion" as an independent factor in social action? Is there such a thing as "religious violence" that can be distinguished from other kinds of violence? We will look in depth at the rise of the Spanish Inquisition, anti-Judaism and accusations of "ritual murder" against Jews, the Galileo affair, the "Great Witch Craze," the wars of religion, and the rise of Enlightenment notions of religious tolerance in the 18th century.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS COL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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