Fall Term 1993
Katalin Peter
Theodore Barker
London School of Economics
For the Department of History

Course Description

The course aims at a broad interpretation of the Reformation. Reformation is regarded here as proceedings brought about by individuals most sensitive to the problems of their contemporaries. These people, the reformers, summed up mental, social, political or economic situations, and offered means to improve or alter them in a way acceptable to many. In contrary to the humanists, they took actions for the attainment of their ideals.

This way of looking at the Reformation is especially useful in the education of young historians. It gives the chance to deal with most aspects of history, and it gives reason for testing the efficiency of different methods in historiography.

There are three phases of history to be treated:

1. On the Eve of the Reformation
a/ dissent between the Church and the believers
b/ social disarray
c/ dissolution of kinship ties
d/ discomfort of the individual e/ disintegration of Europe

2. Solutions Offered by the Reformation
a/ justification by faith alone
b/ to be the citizens of Two Empires
c/ rule by the father
d/ the future is in the hands of the children
e/ politics tied to religion

3. The Impact of the Reformation
a/ Protestantism and Catholicism
b/ social mobility
c/ early modern elementary family
d/ religious experience and the self
e/ Europe the center of the new world

I. J. Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages: A Study of the Forms of Life, Thought and Art. Garden City, NY. 1954.
E. Troeltsch, The Social Teachings of the Christian Churches. New York 1960.
M. Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. New York 1958.
L.P. Buck, J.W. Zophy (eds.), The Social History of the Reformation. Columbus Oh. 1972.
G. Strauss, Manifestations of Discontent in Germany on the Eve of the Revolution Bloomington Ind. 1971.
The Reformation 1520-1559. Ed. G.R. Elton. (The New Cambridge Modern History II.) Cambridge 1990.
H.A. Oberman, Luther. Man Between God and the Devil. Yale U.P. 1991.
A.E. McGrath, A Life of John Calvin. Blackwell 1990.
J. Delameau, Catholicism Between Luther and Voltaire: A New View of the Counter Reformation. New York 1977.
M. Luther, Three Tratises. Philadelphia 1973.
II. E. Erikson, Young Man Luther. New York 1958.
R.W. Scribner, "For the Sake of the Common Folk": Popular Propaganda for the German Reformation. Cambridge 1981.
A.G. Dickens, The English Reformation. Batsfed 1989. J. Maclean, The Renaissance Notion of Woman. Cambridge 1980.
R. Po-Chia Hsia, Society and Religion in Munster 1535-1618. New Haven 1985.
S. Ozment, Magdalena and Balthasar: An Intimate Portrait of Life in 16th Century Europe. New Haven 1989.
III. G. Strauss, Luther's House of Learning: Indoctrination of the Young in the German Reformation. Baltimore 1978.
L.Roper, The Holy Household: Religion Morals and Order in Reformation Europe. Oxford 1989.
M. Wiesner, Working Woman in Renaissance Germany. New Brunswick 1986.
Ph. Greven, The Protestant Temperament: Pattern of Child-Rearing, Religious Experience and the Self in Early America. New York 1977.

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Modified: June, 1996


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