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Age of the Reformation, 1350-1610
Spring, 2012 1:00-3:50 on Tuesday

Credit: Three semester hours
Instructors: Dr. Ronald Fritze and Dr. Robert White
Office, Dr. Fritze: Founders 231
Office Hours, Dr. Fritze: 9-11 M-F and 2-4 MTWF

Required Texts:
MacCulloch, The Reformation: A History
Pettegree, Europe in the Sixteenth Century
Marty, Martin Luther

Course Requirements
and Grading System

Map Test 5% 50
Marty, Luther 5% 50
Midterm 25% 250
Final 30% 300
Book Review 5% 50
Research Paper 30% 300
T O T A L   1,000

Course Description: Survey of European history from c1350-c1610.

Course Objectives:

a. students should have a broad grasp of the basic chronology of events from c1350-c1610.

b. students should have an understanding of the contributions of the Renaissance and Reformation to the development of modern society.

c. students should have an understanding of the interactions of politics, religion, society, and economy in the course of history from c1350-c1610.

d. students should have a general understanding of how historians have interpreted the events and significance of the Reformation from the sixteenth century to the present.

A total of 1000 points can be earned in this course. Grading will be 900 and above = A, 800-899 = B, 700-799 = C, etc.

Attendance of class is an important aspect of this course. The instructor reserves the right to take appropriate action when a student's lack of attendance adversely affects performance in the class.

Exams will be a combination of essay and objective questions. The midterm will cover the first half of the course and the final will cover the last half.

Assignments should be turned in on the dates they are due. Otherwise the instructor will be forced to deduct a late penalty.

Academic Misconduct: For definitions and procedures regarding academic dishonesty and plagiarism, see the Student Handbook.


10 Introduction to the course and Late Medieval Church, Humanism and the Printing Press, MacCulloch, chs. 1 & 2; Pettegree, ch. 1 & 2
17 Overseas Exploration and Its Impact, Pettegree, ch. 12
24 Military Revolution or Reformation; MAP TEST; SELECTION OF BOOK FOR REVIEW; Pettegree, chs. 3 & 4
31 Late 15th Century Europe; RESEARCH TOPIC DUE, Quiz on Marty, Luther
7 Career of Martin Luther, MacCulloch, ch. 3, Pettegree, ch. 5; BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR RESEARCH PAPER DUE
14 Imperial and International Politics in the Age of Charles V; MacCulloch, chs. 4 & 6, Pettegree, ch. 6
21 M I D T E R M
28 Swiss Reformation, MacCulloch, ch. 5
6 Radical Reformation; BOOK REVIEWS DUE; MacCulloch, chs. 7 and 13
20 The Growth of Calvinism; PRELIMINARY OUTLINE FOR RESEARCH PAPER DUE; MacCulloch, chs. 8 and 14; Pettegree, ch. 7
27 The Catholic Reformation, MacCulloch, ch. 9 and 14
3 The Empire and the Ottomans in the later 16th century, MacCulloch, ch. 10 and Pettegree, ch. 13
10 France and Its Religious Civil Wars; RESEARCH PAPERS DUE, Pettegree, ch. 8 and MacCulloch, chs. 15 and 16
17 Spain in the Age of Philip II; Pettegree, chs. 9, 11, 14, and 15 and MacCulloch, ch. 17
24 F I N A L


Research Paper

Length: 12 to 20 typewritten pages
Due: April 10
Weight: 30% of course grade
Objective: Familiarize the student with the literature and historians of Renaissance and Reformation period.

The student is to pick out a topic from the list provided or develop their own topic with the approval of the professor.

Each research paper should be typed. The margins should be standard. Please do not try to conceal a short paper with over-generous margins. Everyone knows that trick. The paper should be documented with footnotes/endnotes. There should also be a bibliography of works cited.

Schedule of due dates: 

Tentative topic, January 31. This will involve turning in one typewritten page containing your name on one line and the topic you have chosen on the next.

Tentative bibliography, February 14. This will involve turning in one typewritten page or more of bibliography. While there is no set number of items required, it ought to list at least eight books and articles.

Preliminary outline, March 20. This can be a rough general outline of one page.

Research paper to be submitted, April 10.

PLEASE NOTE: I am putting you on this schedule so that you will work steadily on your paper throughout the semester. That way, I will get papers that are well written and well researched. For those of you who have had the research courses in history or English, please use what you learned in them. The amount of material you will need to turn in on the first three dates is minimal. But I will expect it to be submitted. Papers not turned in on 10 April will have a half grade deducted for each day they are late, including the weekend.

Papers that are not typed will not be accepted. Papers containing excessive typos and misspellings will be penalized.

If you have any questions, please ask. It is permissible but not advisable to change paper topics.

Possible Research Topics

arrow Changing biographical interpretations of Luther.
arrow Changing biographical interpretations of Calvin.
arrow Changing Biographical interpretations of Zwingli.
arrow Changing biographical interpretations of Charles V.
arrow Changing biographical interpretations of Philip II.
arrow The origins of printing.
arrowPrinted books and sixteenth century culture.
arrowThe impact of gunpowder on early modern Europe.
arrowCatholicism after the Council of Trent.
arrowJesuits and the Catholic Reformation.
arrowPre-Columbian Explorations.
arrowThe Portuguese Exploration of Africa.
arrowThe Portuguese Conquest of the Indian Ocean.
arrowThe Spanish Conquest of the New World.
arrowThe Impact of the New World on European Thought.
arrowThe Impact of Asia on European Thought.
arrowThe Biological Impact of the Discovery of the New World.
arrowEuropean attitudes toward the Ottoman Turks.
arrowCopernicus and Sixteenth Century Science.
arrowHigh Magic and Philosophy in the Sixteenth Century.
arrowPopular Religion in the Sixteenth Century.
arrowThe Place of Women in the Renaissance and Reformation.
arrowFernand Braudel as a historian of early modern Europe.
arrowImmanuel Wallerstein's Interpretation of early modern history.
arrowLucien Febvre and the Annales School.
arrowJan Huizinga as a historian of early modern Europe.
arrowLeopold von Ranke, historian of the Reformation.
arrowMax Weber and the Connection Between Capitalism and Protestantism.
arrowErik Erikson and the controversy over Young Man Luther.
arrowHistorical Writing as a form of propaganda during the Reformation.
arrowNaval Technology in the Age of Discovery.
arrowPeasant Revolts.
arrowWitchcraft in the Sixteenth Century.

Also, if you are interested in theology, literature, art, or music during the Renaissance and Reformation, please feel free to suggest a topic. If you are not certain about a topic but have a general area you are interested in, I would be glad to help you develop one.

Book Review Assignment

The book you review should not be on the same topic as your research paper. You will need to get instructor approval of your choice on 24 January by submitting an index card with full bibliographic information to the instructor. Completed reviews are due on 6 March.

Assignments should be turned in on the date they are due. Otherwise the instructor will be forced to deduct a late penalty.

Book reviews should be typed and be 3-4 pages in length. They should include information about the author and his qualifications as a scholar, a description of the contents of the book, the opinions of at least two other published reviews, and your reaction to the book (i.e., did you like it, was it well done, what you learned, what it might be used for).

For more detailed instructions on doing a book review see the separate handout or the same material concerning book reviews posted on the course website.

Place Names for Map Quiz

Po River Amsterdam
Thames River Copenhagen
Seine River Geneva
Tagus River North Sea
Ebro River Baltic Sea
Loire River Adriatic
Rhone River Black Sea
Danube River Aegean
Dniester River Malta
Dnieper River Gibraltar
Don River Algeria
Volga River Tunis
Vistula River Tripoli
Oder River Crete
Elbe River Cyprus
Rhine River Asia Minor
Pyrennes Belgrade
Alps Aleppo
Carpathians Lepanto
London Prague
Paris Antwerp
Rome Venice
Madrid Wittenberg
Constantinople Milan
Lisbon Navarre
Vienna Ceuta
Corsica Oran
Sardinia Trent
Sicily Otranto
Crimea Ankara
Moscow Hamburg
Cadiz Seville
Naples Genoa
Budapest Belgrade
Hungary Bohemia
Florence Alexandria
Stockholm Cairo

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