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History (HIST)

HIST 531 Religion and State-Making in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800 (3) This course provides students with an overview of the process of state-making in relationship to religious convictions in the Early Modern era, ca. 1400- 1800.

HIST 531 Religion and State-Making in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800 (3)

This seminar exposes students to the current state of scholarship from the standpoint of historical, legal, sociological and literary analyses of the state and religious authority. The inadequacy of long-accepted notions of "secularization" and "modernization" to describe the challenges to both state and religion in the Early Modern era require students to assess the specific value given to notions of the state and religion in specific cultural and historical contexts and what precipitated a crisis of authority in both. The exchanges between European and non-European centers of authority during the Early Modern period helped to shape many of these disputes and scholars' interpretive frameworks. The seminar is intended for graduate students in history and related fields who are preparing for the field in Early Modern studies.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2012

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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